Geo-Trips :: The Grantham Canal near The Cropwells from Foss Bridge

The Grantham Canal near The Cropwells

A walk from Foss Bridge, Thu, 14 May 2020 by Alan Murray-Rust

Getting a little away from the urban environment for daily exercise during Covid-19 restrictions.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SK6736 : Lorry on the bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
Lorry on the bridge
The lorry appears to be crossing the old canal bridge but is in fact on the new... more

SK6736 : Cropwell Middle Lock by Alan Murray-Rust
Cropwell Middle Lock
The towpath is a multi-user path running virtually the whole length of the canal.

SK6636 : Cropwell Bottom Lock by Alan Murray-Rust
Cropwell Bottom Lock
Looking towards Nottingham.

SK6636 : View at Cropwell Bottom Lock by Alan Murray-Rust
View at Cropwell Bottom Lock
The lock was substantially rebuilt at some stage in the 19th century.

SK6636 : Farm bridge across the Grantham Canal near Stragglethorpe by Alan Murray-Rust
Farm bridge across the Grantham Canal near Stragglethorpe
This carries a public bridleway which used to run straight across the field to the... more

SK6636 : Cotgrave Canal at Stragglethorpe by Alan Murray-Rust
Cotgrave Canal at Stragglethorpe
This section was subject to a major clearance effort a few years ago but is... more

SK6636 : Lots of lights by Alan Murray-Rust
Lots of lights
The pedestrian crossing where Stragglethorpe Road crosses the course of the... more

SK6636 : Mustard flower by Alan Murray-Rust
Mustard flower
Close-up of the flower head; probably charlock, see... more

SK6636 : Spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) by Alan Murray-Rust
Spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Well developed buds, shortly to come into bloom, with their distinctive... more

SK6636 : Temporary no entry sign by Alan Murray-Rust
Temporary no entry sign
Part of a twin-roundabout interchange, suggesting that turns into the incorrect... more

SK6635 : Fosseway Service Station by Alan Murray-Rust
Fosseway Service Station
At the Stragglethorpe interchange on the A46.

SK6635 : Stragglethorpe Grain Store by Alan Murray-Rust
Stragglethorpe Grain Store
A recent development at the Stragglethorpe interchange on the A 46.

SK6635 : Section of old road at Stragglethorpe interchange by Alan Murray-Rust
Section of old road at Stragglethorpe interchange
Made redundant when Stragglethorpe interchange was built as part of the A46 improvement.

SK6635 : Loam and lorries by Alan Murray-Rust
Loam and lorries
Seeded field with the new A46 in the background.

SK6636 : Stragglethorpe interchange by Alan Murray-Rust
Stragglethorpe interchange
Looking from Nottingham Road to the A46 overbridge.

SK6636 : Super-Moon Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) by Alan Murray-Rust
Super-Moon Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare)
The flower heads were about 3 inches across, distinctly larger than average.

SK6636 : Modern development at Stragglethorpe by Alan Murray-Rust
Modern development at Stragglethorpe
Stake Field poultry farm on the left; anaerobic digester for power generation on... more

SK6736 : The new and the old by Alan Murray-Rust
The new and the old
The old Fosse Way and the new A46 crossing the Grantham Canal at Cropwell Locks.

SK6736 : Low bridge signs for equestrians by Alan Murray-Rust
Low bridge signs for equestrians
I photographed these 5 years earlier before the new A46 was open... more

SK6736 : Foss Bridge, Cropwell Butler by Alan Murray-Rust
Foss Bridge, Cropwell Butler
Bridge over the Grantham Canal. The photo shows where the bridge was widened,... more

SK6736 : Multi-user path by Alan Murray-Rust
Multi-user path
Including myself on foot, three modes are shown. This is the towpath alongside the... more

SK6736 : Canal milepost, Grantham Canal by Alan Murray-Rust
Canal milepost, Grantham Canal
The blue and yellow paint showing through is the older British Waterways livery,... more

SK6735 : Nottingham Road, Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Nottingham Road, Cropwell Bishop
Looking towards the village from the former canal bridge.

SK6735 : Wood cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum) by Alan Murray-Rust
Wood cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum)
Showing a superb rich mauve colour. See https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6475579... more

SK6735 : Grantham Canal near Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Grantham Canal near Cropwell Bishop
Looking north from the site of Cropwell Roving Bridge.

SK6735 : The site of Cropwell Roving Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
The site of Cropwell Roving Bridge
The Grantham Canal made use of the local road bridge to change the towpath from... more

SK6835 : Horse chestnut in blossom by Alan Murray-Rust
Horse chestnut in blossom
Alongside Kinoulton Road.

SK6735 : Horse chestnut blossom by Alan Murray-Rust
Horse chestnut blossom
Normally thought of as white, this shows how much colour variation there really is.

SK6735 : Power take off by Alan Murray-Rust
Power take off
Junction on an 11 kV circuit. The branch serves the nearby industrial estate.

SK6735 : Entrance to Cropwell; Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Entrance to Cropwell; Bishop
The road sign forms a gateway for pedestrians.

SK6835 : Cropwell Bishop Creamery by Alan Murray-Rust
Cropwell Bishop Creamery
The buildings, now housing the creamery shop, have been modernised since I visited... more

SK6835 : Buildings at Cropwell Bishop Creamery by Alan Murray-Rust
Buildings at Cropwell Bishop Creamery
Originally a pair of cottages, now converted to offices, dating back to around... more

SK6835 : Cropwell Bishop's Co-op by Alan Murray-Rust
Cropwell Bishop's Co-op
A new store opened in January 2019 on the site of the car park of the Wheatsheaf... more

SK6835 : Getting a facelift by Alan Murray-Rust
Getting a facelift
House opposite the church in Cropwell Bishop.

SK6835 : Church of St Giles, Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Church of St Giles, Cropwell Bishop
The south porch. An unusual form with a very flat arch, erected in 1608. Listed Grade I.

SK6835 : Church of St Giles, Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Church of St Giles, Cropwell Bishop
The church is mainly 13th and 14th century with 15th century clerestory and tower.... more

SK6835 : Church of St Giles, Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Church of St Giles, Cropwell Bishop
The unusual cowl to the chimney of the chancel, clearly part of the 1854... more

SK6835 : Church rooms, Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Church rooms, Cropwell Bishop
Seen from the churchyard.

SK6835 : A plethora of pansies by Alan Murray-Rust
A plethora of pansies
In a garden alongside Nottingham Road, Cropwell Bishop.

SK6735 : Cropwell Bishop Memorial Hall by Alan Murray-Rust
Cropwell Bishop Memorial Hall
On Nottingham Road.

SK6735 : Grantham Canal at Nottingham Road, Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Grantham Canal at Nottingham Road, Cropwell Bishop
A wide section, originally a winding hole, and probably also the village wharf.

SK6735 : A corridor of cow parsley by Alan Murray-Rust
A corridor of cow parsley
And some other umbellifers. Looking towards Hoe Hill, which rises a magnificent 10... more

SK6736 : Grantham Canal towpath near Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Grantham Canal towpath near Cropwell Bishop
Looking as if it is bordered by hawthorn hedges on both sides, in fact those on... more

SK6736 : Public footpath near Cropwell Bishop by Alan Murray-Rust
Public footpath near Cropwell Bishop
Running alongside the Grantham Canal. It's independent of the canal towpath, which... more

SK6736 : Pale Peacock on the path by Alan Murray-Rust
Pale Peacock on the path
This is an overwintering specimen, and has lost a lot of its brilliance.

SK6736 : Farm track near Foss Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
Farm track near Foss Bridge
Designated as a public footpath.

SK6736 : Pond near Foss Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
Pond near Foss Bridge
This is a flooded extraction pit for the local brickworks which was in operation... more

SK6736 : Farm track towards the Cropwells by Alan Murray-Rust
Farm track towards the Cropwells
Designated as a public bridleway.

SK6736 : Fisherman reflected in the pond by Alan Murray-Rust
Fisherman reflected in the pond
This actually looks more dramatic when looked at upside down.

SK6736 : Pond number 6 by Alan Murray-Rust
Pond number 6
Run-off catchment for the A46 (left). Not obviously a pond following the lack of... more

SK6538 : Radcliffe on Trent village sign by Alan Murray-Rust
Radcliffe on Trent village sign
Approaching the village on Cropwell Road.

All images © Alan Murray-Rust and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.