Itchen Navigation: A Portrait

Shawford - College Mead

Distance: 1.1 mile (1.8 km)

Shawford

At Shawford Bridge the towing path swaps to the west bank of the Navigation. The path was probably constructed on this side to reduce the possibility of trespass in the grounds of Shawford House on the east bank. Here the waterway passes through a more built up part of the village although this is relative. A number of houses in Park View lie on the west side of the Navigation between the towing path and the railway. Indeed, this path is their only means of access to the outside world. To the east of the waterway, lie the grounds of Shawford House, a Grade 2* listed building built in 1685 to which there is no public access.

One hundred yards south of the bridge can be found the remains of Shawford Single Gates in amongst some trees. This structure was effectively half of a lock - much of the brickwork remains and the narrowing of the waterway shows its position. In the 1970s there was a weir that had been inserted in place of the gates but this is no longer in evidence. It has been suggested that the structure’s original purpose was to retain a head of water for Shawford Mill which lies just upstream of Shawford Bridge.

At the end of Park View, the path is met by the access road to Bridge Terrace. In the 19th century there used to be a bridge over the Navigation into Shawford Park as an extension of the road but it had disappeared by 1896.

Shawford Bridge
Shawford Bridge

Shawford Bridge from the south.
Image date: c1960? (card posted 1975). Image: Scanned from postcard. NG Ref: SU472248. WGS84: 51° 01′ 17″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

Shawford Bridge

Shawford Bridge from the south.
Image date: c1960? (card posted 1975).
NG Ref: SU472248.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 17″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

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Shawford Bridge
Shawford Bridge

Shawford Bridge from the south.
Image date: 25 Jan 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU473249. WGS84: 51° 01′ 19″ N 1° 19′ 37″ W.

Shawford Bridge

Shawford Bridge from the south.
Image date: 25 Jan 2003.
NG Ref: SU473249.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 19″ N 1° 19′ 37″ W.

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Park View, Shawford
Park View, Shawford

Towing path at Park View, Shawford looking south.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU473249. WGS84: 51° 01′ 18″ N 1° 19′ 37″ W.

Park View, Shawford

Towing path at Park View, Shawford looking south.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU473249.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 18″ N 1° 19′ 37″ W.

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Park View, Shawford
Park View, Shawford

Towing path at Park View, Shawford looking north from near the Single Gates.
Image date: 18 Nov 2015. © 2015 Marie Keates. Image from www.iwalkalone.co.uk. NG Ref: SU472248. WGS84: 51° 01′ 16″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

Park View, Shawford

Towing path at Park View, Shawford looking north from near the Single Gates.
Image date: 18 Nov 2015.
NG Ref: SU472248.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 16″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

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Shawford Single Gates
Shawford Single Gates

The remains of Shawford Single Gates from upstream with a weir structure replacing the gates.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU472248. WGS84: 51° 01′ 16″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

Shawford Single Gates

The remains of Shawford Single Gates from upstream with a weir structure replacing the gates.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU472248.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 16″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

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Shawford Single Gates
Shawford Single Gates

The overgrown site of the remains of Shawford Single Gates from upstream with now no weir structure replacing the gates.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU472248. WGS84: 51° 01′ 16″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

Shawford Single Gates

The overgrown site of the remains of Shawford Single Gates from upstream with now no weir structure replacing the gates.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU472248.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 16″ N 1° 19′ 38″ W.

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Site of bridge at Bridge Terrace
Site of bridge at Bridge Terrace

The site of a bridge over the Navigation at Bridge Terrace.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU472247. WGS84: 51° 01′ 13″ N 1° 19′ 40″ W.

Site of bridge at Bridge Terrace

The site of a bridge over the Navigation at Bridge Terrace.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU472247.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 13″ N 1° 19′ 40″ W.

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Shawford to Malms Farm

Passing south, the houses in Bridge Terrace are soon left behind with a narrow paddock lying between the Navigation and the railway. The footpath, which is often rather muddy, generally follows the Navigation fairly closely. The waterway is rather secretive being partially hidden by trees and bushes growing along the bank. Just over 100 yards from Bridge Terrace, almost hidden by vegetation are the remains of a footbridge that once spanned the canal. Gradually, the waterway draws nearer the railway until the footpath beside the Navigation reaches the private road at the foot of the embankment.

Shortly, the canal and railway diverge again and, passing through a gate, it is possible to see the towing path cut into the gentle slope of the hill against which the waterway was built. From documentary evidence, it would appear that this section of the Navigation was built in the first decade of the 18th Century.

Bridge Terrace
Bridge Terrace

The terrace of houses that lies between the railway and the Navigation seen from the often muddy, southbound footpath.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU472247. WGS84: 51° 01′ 12″ N 1° 19′ 40″ W.

Bridge Terrace

The terrace of houses that lies between the railway and the Navigation seen from the often muddy, southbound footpath.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU472247.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 12″ N 1° 19′ 40″ W.

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Path leading south
Path leading south

The footpath leading south from Bridge Terrace.
Image date: 30 Mar 2013. © Chris Wimbush (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU472247. WGS84: 51° 01′ 11″ N 1° 19′ 41″ W.

Path leading south

The footpath leading south from Bridge Terrace.
Image date: 30 Mar 2013.
NG Ref: SU472247.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 11″ N 1° 19′ 41″ W.

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Remains of footbridge
Remains of footbridge

The remains of a footbridge that once crossed the Navigation.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU472246. WGS84: 51° 01′ 10″ N 1° 19′ 42″ W.

Remains of footbridge

The remains of a footbridge that once crossed the Navigation.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU472246.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 10″ N 1° 19′ 42″ W.

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Path meets road
Path meets road

Bridge Terrace seen from the point where public path meets private road.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471246. WGS84: 51° 01′ 08″ N 1° 19′ 43″ W.

Path meets road

Bridge Terrace seen from the point where public path meets private road.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU471246.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 08″ N 1° 19′ 43″ W.

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South of Shawford
South of Shawford

A secretive, hemmed-in section of Navigation south of Shawford, seen with lowered water levels after a breach at The Malms.
Image date: 16 Mar 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471245. WGS84: 51° 01′ 07″ N 1° 19′ 44″ W.

South of Shawford

A secretive, hemmed-in section of Navigation south of Shawford.
Image date: 16 Mar 2003.
NG Ref: SU471245.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 07″ N 1° 19′ 44″ W.

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Path leaves the private drive
Path leaves the private drive

Here the path leaves the private drive to The Malms between the railway embankment and the canal.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471244. WGS84: 51° 01′ 02″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

Path leaves the private drive

Here the path leaves the private drive to The Malms between the railway embankment and the canal.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU471244.
WGS84: 51° 01′ 02″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

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Malms Farm
Malms Farm

Winter water levels at Malms Farm.
Image date: c1978. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471242. WGS84: 51° 00′ 56″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

Malms Farm

Winter water levels at Malms Farm.
Image date: c1978.
NG Ref: SU471242.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 56″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

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Where's Malms Farm?
Where's Malms Farm?

Now a rather unkempt length of canal and path, but this picture was taken from the same position as the previous one.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471242. WGS84: 51° 00′ 56″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

Where's Malms Farm?

Now a rather unkempt length of canal and path, but this picture was taken from the same position as the previous one.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU471242.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 56″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

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By Malm Bridge
By Malm Bridge

View north from beside Malm Bridge.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471240. WGS84: 51° 00′ 50″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

By Malm Bridge

View north from beside Malm Bridge.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU471240.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 50″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

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By Malm Bridge
By Malm Bridge

The same view north from beside Malm Bridge nearly 43 years later.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471240. WGS84: 51° 00′ 50″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

By Malm Bridge

The same view north from beside Malm Bridge nearly 43 years later.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU471240.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 50″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

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Malms Farm to Malm Lock

At the next bridge, by the buildings of Malms Farm, the public right of way crosses the Navigation by a replacement of the original wooden bridge. This path follows the ‘offside’ bank southwards almost as far as Malm Lock whence it leaves the waterway. The original towing path did not cross over but remained on the west bank until College Mead Lock. However, the public footpath was diverted in 1914 and the original path is no longer open to the public.

Until about 2002, the next part of the Navigation was overlooked by the imposing, if rather gaunt, Malms House which was built just before the First World War by Winchester solicitor Alfred Bowker. He had been mayor of the city in 1900-1 and was also a keen gardener and sculptor.

The house was demolished in about 2002. It has been replaced by a large block of apartments which, although partially screened by trees, does not sit comfortably with its surroundings.

Malm Bridge
Malm Bridge

Malm Bridge seen from the north.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471240. WGS84: 51° 00′ 51″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

Malm Bridge

Malm Bridge seen from the north.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU471240.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 51″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

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Malm Bridge
Malm Bridge

Malm Bridge seen from the south.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU472240. WGS84: 51° 00′ 49″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

Malm Bridge

Malm Bridge seen from the south.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU472240.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 49″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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Malm Bridge
Malm Bridge

Malm Bridge seen from the south.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU472240. WGS84: 51° 00′ 49″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

Malm Bridge

Malm Bridge seen from the south.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU472240.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 49″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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Beside Malms Farm
Beside Malms Farm

The Navigation beside Malms Farm just south of Malm Bridge.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471240. WGS84: 51° 00′ 49″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

Beside Malms Farm

The Navigation beside Malms Farm just south of Malm Bridge.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009.
NG Ref: SU471240.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 49″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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The Malms
The Malms

The Malms was a house overlooking the Navigation and the Itchen Valley but now demolished.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471238. WGS84: 51° 00′ 45″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

The Malms

The Malms was a house overlooking the Navigation and the Itchen Valley but now demolished.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU471238.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 45″ N 1° 19′ 46″ W.

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The Malms
The Malms

After The Malms was demolished, a large block of apartments was built in its place, also called The Malms.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471239. WGS84: 51° 00′ 46″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

The Malms

After The Malms was demolished, a large block of apartments was built in its place, also called The Malms.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU471239.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 46″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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The path south of Malms Farm
The path south of Malms Farm

Gradually the path leaves the side of the waterway with trees and bushes forming a screen between the two.
Image date: 3 May 2014. © 2014 Marie Keates. Image from www.iwalkalone.co.uk. NG Ref: SU471239. WGS84: 51° 00′ 46″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

The path south of Malms Farm

Gradually the path leaves the side of the waterway with trees and bushes forming a screen between the two.
Image date: 3 May 2014.
NG Ref: SU471239.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 46″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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Malm Lock

Although a public footpath (Compton & Shawford Footpath No 10) is defined as continuing south along the east bank to the southern end of Malm Lock (and ending there), it is in fact almost impossible to clamber over the fence and through the thick vegetation from the well worn Itchen Way. But it is interesting that the weir at the top of the lock, although fixed, has been built in the position and shape of the original top gates.

Alfred Bowker was responsible for a number changes around the Navigation. Using the height difference of around six feet at Malm Lock he built a channel bypassing the head of the lock to accommodate a turbine, presumably to generate electricity. On the east bank below the lock, his gardening interest led him to build a Japanese water garden getting its water from the Navigation.

Early in 2003, a breach in the bank of the Navigation just above the lock led to flooding of the fields to the east and a lowering of water levels as far upstream as Shawford. The breach had been repaired by the middle of April 2003. There was a further breach through the bank south of Shawford in the winter of 2009-10 which was mended as part of work of the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project.

Malm Lock and College Mead Lock downstream both held up water behind them leading to water overtopping the banks, erosion and the breaches. Such structures can also impact fish passage and lead to sluggish silted waters which are unsuited to chalk stream specialist species. Just improving flows would not allow fish to overcome the high rise of the lock. Instead, a 100 metre long by-pass channel was created around the side of the lock in 2012 as part of the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project. This new channel was excavated and lined with rocks and gravels, carefully placed to provide a range of flow conditions passable by smaller fish as well as the more athletic salmonid species.

Breach in bank
Breach in bank

Breached culvert in the bank north of Malm Lock adjacent to the footpath.
Image date: 16 Mar 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471238. WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

Breach in bank

Breached culvert in the bank north of Malm Lock adjacent to the footpath.
Image date: 16 Mar 2003.
NG Ref: SU471238.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

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Head of Malm Lock
Head of Malm Lock

Weir at the head of Malm Lock in the position originally occupied by the top gates.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471237. WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

Head of Malm Lock

Weir at the head of Malm Lock in the position originally occupied by the top gates.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU471237.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

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Head of Malm Lock
Head of Malm Lock

The head of Malm Lock. The entrance to the disused turbine channel can just be seen on the right.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471237. WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

Head of Malm Lock

The head of Malm Lock. The entrance to the disused turbine channel can just be seen on the right.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU471237.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

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Malm Lock Chamber
Malm Lock Chamber

Chamber of Malm Lock. The exit from the turbine channel can be seen entering the chamber on the right.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471237. WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

Malm Lock Chamber

Chamber of Malm Lock. The exit from the turbine channel can be seen entering the chamber on the right.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU471237.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 42″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

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Malm Lock by-pass
Malm Lock by-pass

A general view of the new by-pass channel at Malm Lock seen from The Malms apartments. The lock chamber is in the centre of the picture but shielded from view by the trees. The by-pass returns water to the Navigation below the lock.
Image date: 2017? www.rightmove.co.uk. NG Ref: SU470238. WGS84: 51° 00′ 43″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

Malm Lock by-pass

A general view of the new by-pass channel at Malm Lock seen from The Malms apartments. The lock chamber is in the centre of the picture but shielded from view by the trees.
Image date: 2017?
NG Ref: SU470238.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 43″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

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Malm Lock by-pass
Malm Lock by-pass

The upper end of the by-pass channel at Malm Lock seen from The Malms apartments. The bench seat sits on the infilled turbine channel. The lock chamber is just off the right side of this picture.
Image date: 2013? © 2013 Olympic Aquatic Engineers. NG Ref: SU470238. WGS84: 51° 00′ 43″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

Malm Lock by-pass

The upper end of the by-pass channel at Malm Lock seen from The Malms apartments. The bench seat sits on the infilled turbine channel.
Image date: 2013?
NG Ref: SU470238.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 43″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

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Malm Lock to College Mead

A few yards before reaching Malm Lock, the public footpath leaves the Navigation. It crosses the adjacent field for about 50 yards and then, turning southwards, follows a disused track for over quarter of a mile. This runs roughly parallel to the Navigation, and about 70 yards from it, reaching College Mead Lock before rejoining the canal. The canal between the two locks is in water but is inaccessible to the public.

The path to College Mead Lock
The path to College Mead Lock

The path to College Mead runs away from the apartment block lying beyond the Navigation.
Image date: 18 Mar 2013. © Shazz (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU471237. WGS84: 51° 00′ 41″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

The path to College Mead Lock

The path to College Mead runs away from the apartment block lying beyond the Navigation.
Image date: 18 Mar 2013.
NG Ref: SU471237.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 41″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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Hidden Malm Lock
Hidden Malm Lock

In this picture, Malm Lock is hidden by the large trees to the left.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471237. WGS84: 51° 00′ 41″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

Hidden Malm Lock

In this picture, Malm Lock is hidden by the large trees to the left.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU471237.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 41″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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Flooded path
Flooded path

The path was flooded by water from the breach just above Malm Lock.
Image date: 16 Mar 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471237. WGS84: 51° 00′ 40″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

Flooded path

The path was flooded by water from the breach just above Malm Lock.
Image date: 16 Mar 2003.
NG Ref: SU471237.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 40″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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The path to College Mead Lock
The path to College Mead Lock

Looking south along the path to College Mead Lock with the Japanese water garden behind the bushes on the right - the Navigation lies behind that.
Image date: 30 Mar 2012. © Chris Wimbush (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU471236. WGS84: 51° 00′ 38″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

The path to College Mead Lock

Looking south along the path to College Mead Lock with the Japanese water garden behind the bushes on the right.
Image date: 30 Mar 2012.
NG Ref: SU471236.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 38″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

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The path south
The path south

The path continues south-westward with the Navigation hidden by the trees across the field.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470235. WGS84: 51° 00′ 34″ N 1° 19′ 49″ W.

The path south

The path continues south-westward with the Navigation hidden by the trees across the field.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU470235.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 34″ N 1° 19′ 49″ W.

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Above College Mead Lock
Above College Mead Lock

Hatchway on the Navigation above College Mead Lock looking south.
Image date: c1978. Image scanned from slide. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470235. WGS84: 51° 00′ 32″ N 1° 19′ 53″ W.

Above College Mead Lock

Hatchway on the Navigation above College Mead Lock looking south.
Image date: c1978.
NG Ref: SU470235.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 32″ N 1° 19′ 53″ W.

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Above College Mead Lock
Above College Mead Lock

The Navigation seen looking north from the site of the towing path upstream of College Mead Lock and the former accommodation bridge.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU469234. WGS84: 51° 00′ 30″ N 1° 19′ 54″ W.

Above College Mead Lock

The Navigation seen looking north from the site of the towing path upstream of College Mead Lock and the former accommodation bridge.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU469234.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 30″ N 1° 19′ 54″ W.

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Old bridge
Old bridge

The very overgrown abutments of an old accommodation bridge about 50 yards north of College Mead Lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU469234. WGS84: 51° 00′ 29″ N 1° 19′ 54″ W.

Old bridge

The very overgrown abutments of an old accommodation bridge about 50 yards north of College Mead Lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU469234.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 29″ N 1° 19′ 54″ W.

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Several of the pictures on this page are shown by kind permission of Marie Keates. A keen walker, she has written about and illustrated several attempts to walk the full length of the Navigation during 2013 in her blog at http://www.iwalkalone.co.uk. She has walked along all or parts of the Navigation often since then: all illustrated with some excellent photographs.