4. Little Bedwyn


Further west after passing Froxfield you become increasingly aware of the frequency of locks on the canal, indicating that the route is starting to climb more earnestly. On reaching Little Bedwyn you may be reminded of images taken from the road bridge of Western diesels emerging from under its distinctive concrete footbridge with the church in the background. The view from that footbridge shows the intimate association between the railway and the canal.

Ironically the GWR used the canal to bring in the materials required for the building of the Extension railway, which was to make the canal obsolete, neglected and ultimately derelict. Happily the Kennet & Avon canal is useable again, mostly for leisure purposes, all the way through to Bath as originally intended.


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