GUC : Kingswood to Olton

This time it is the penultimate walk on the Grand Union Canal. A 10 mile stretch from Kingswood (Lapworth railway station) to Olton in the suburbs of Birmingham. A mixed walk with some open countryside, some locks and a long section in a deep cutting.

Start of the walk at bridge 65 in Kingswood

 

Straight section north of bridge 65, towpath on the left

 

Bridge 66 – ‘rising bridge’

 

Pipe bridge between bridges 66 and 67

 

Bridge 67 – Turnover bridge – the towpath changes side here

 

For the remainder of the canal the towpath remains on the right hand side (walking towards Birmingham)

 

Approaching bridge 69 – Black Buoy bridge

 

Bridge 70 – aptly named the Kings Arms bridge

 

At the bottom of Knowle locks – a flight of 5 locks

 

Knowle locks

 

Looking back down Knowle locks

 

Bridge 71 – Kenilworth Road bridge

 

Bridge 72 – Kixley bridge

 

Bridge 72A – Kixley footbridge

 

Bridge 73 – Waterfield bridge

 

Bridge 74 – Castle bridge

 

Fields near Henwood Hall Farm

 

Bridge 75 – Copt Heath bridge

 

Bridge 76A (multiple) – the M42 bridge

 

Bridge 76 – Jacobean Lane bridge

 

Bridge 77 – Henwood bridge

 

Straight section north of Henwood bridge

 

Bridge 78 – Catherine de Barnes bridge

 

Bridge 78A – unnamed

 

Pipe bridge and then bridge 79 – Elmdon Heath bridge

 

Bridge 79A – unnamed

 

Bridge 80 – Rowood bridge

 

Looking ahead to bridges 81 and 82

 

Bridge 81 – Rode Lane bridge

 

The seemingly never-ending deep cutting in Solihull

 

Bridge 82 complex – Dovehouse Lane bridge

 

Bridge 83 – Castle Lane bridge

 

Bridge 84 – Richmond Road bridge – end of the walk

 

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