Eastern Summit (Siddington to Halfway)
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From the top of the flight of four locks at Siddington and the junction
with the Cirencester Arm, the T&S Canal heads westwards following the
high ground. The mile or so length between the Somerford Road and Bluehouse
takes the form of a contour canal rather reminiscent of the Southern Oxford
and other early generation canals. Although the canal is infilled here, its
hedge line and embankments still survive and can be seen from the nearby
roads (the route of the towpath is not a right of way here).
Bluehouse was a lengthsman cottage and is built into the side of the embankment
carrying the canal.
A little to the west of Bluehouse, the canal route runs adjacent and parallel
with a small road leading to Ewen. The infill ends at the site of Level Bridge
and the canal can once again be seen holding water. The towpath here, although
not a right of way, can be followed from this point to Halfway bridge by
permission of the landowner.
Halfway Bridge is one of several originals which has been extensively repaired
and saved from collapse by the Cotswold Canals Trust. It marks the halfway
point between Wallbridge and Inglesham. Originally, the bridge was probably
all stone but repairs over the last two centuries have used brick leaving
only a limited amount of stone showing. Like many of the bridges on the summit
level, a set of stop plank grooves were provided to help isolate sections
of the summit for repair.
Halfway Bridge (east side)
Halfway Bridge repairs in 1997