Cotswold Canals in Pictures

Pike Lock, Eastington

Restoration - The Story So Far

In 1972 the Stroudwater Canal Society (now the Cotswold Canals Trust) was formed with the aim of restoring the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canal to full navigation.

Since that time the Trust, often assisted by other voluntary groups, has worked to conserve & restore sections and structures on both canals, and to ensure that new road bridges have been constructed when new roads have been built.

In addition, significant effort has been spent to prevent further loss of the through route, or significant canal structures.

Some of these achievements include:

More recently the canal restoration has been divided into 'phases', which from west to east are:

More details of the restoration effort under these headings can be found by clicking on the links above.

For details of where these restoration phases are in the context of the two canals, have a look at the canal route.