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Stroudwater Navigation

The Stroudwater Navigation is the western part of the Cotswold Canals.   When opened in 1779, it ran from the River Severn estuary at Framilode to its junction with the Thames & Severn Canal at Wallbridge, Stroud.  When the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal was constructed, the Stroudwater Navigation was crossed on the level at Saul Junction, and the section from Saul Junction to the Severn Estuary became disused.

Map of the Stroudwater Navigation

Boats at Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

Facts & Stats

8 miles


The length, as originally constructed.

13 locks

There are no plans to restore Framilode Lock, which locks down to the Severn Estuary

From Saul to Stonehouse

The Stroudwater Navigation lost trade in the late 19th century and was formally closed in 1954, although the Company of Proprietors who built the Navigation remained in existence to look after the property assets.  The Stroudwater Canal Society was formed in 1972 to campaign for restoration, which has since gathered great momentum, with the Society eventually transforming into Cotswold Canals Trust.   About half of the Stroudwater Navigation is already re-opened for all users, albeit isolated from the national network.   Supported by Stroud District Council and others, Cotswold Canals Trust has secured funding to restore the rest of the Navigation to the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, and work is underway, led by the Cotswold Canals Connected partnership.  There are no plans to restore the 1-mile section between Saul Junction and the Severn Estuary.


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