This section will not be restored
What Jack Dalby said in 1985:
"...and the bed beyond has been used as a rubbish tip and completely obliterated.
The cutting leading up to the south portal of the 100 metre Cricklade Tunnel (096931) has recently been filled and built over, no trace of the tunnel can now be seen."
From the Purton Road Bridge, the Canal follows its original track across the field, completely filled in.
The hedge on the left is the original towpath hedge.
At the far end of the field a small group of houses has been built over the line of the Canal, which is now in their back gardens.
This is a view down the line of the Canal from the site of the presumed former bridge where The Forty (that's the name of the road) crossed the Canal.
The south portal of the tunnel was around here.
And here is a view of The Forty, looking east.
The original line of the Canal is shown.
There is no sign of a hump for a bridge; but the Canal here would have been in a cutting as it approached the tunnel.
The OS map shows a spot height of 83 metres at the road junction - where I am standing to take this photo - against a calculated water level of 81.09 - a difference of 1.91 metres.
None on this section. Much of the Canal can be viewed from the adjouning roads.
None in the area. You will have to walk into Cricklade.
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