Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal runs from the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at King's Norton Junction o to the river Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon.  It links with the Grand Union Canal at Kingswood via the short Kingswood Branch.  The main line of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal is 25.5 miles (41km) long and has 55 locks.  The Kingswood Branch is 0.25 miles (0.4km) long and has 1 lock.

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal is
length: 70' 11" (21.62 metres)
beam: 7' (2.1 metres)
height: 6' (1.9 metres)
draught: 3' 6" (1.05 metres)

A number of locks (especially lock 47 on the Wilmcote Flight) are particularly narrow and require care.  Some locks are also shorter than others (particularly lock 15 at Lapworth).

Bridge 8 requires a Sanitary Station key for operation
Bridges 26 and 28 require a windlass (hydraulic operation).



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