This is the current plan for the new line.
It is purely conjectural at present, landowners etc. have not yet been approached.
|The Canal turns left as it leaves the aqueduct, and goes through the scrubby wooded area between the road and the River Key
|Emerging from the wooded area, the Canal crosses an area known as Dance Field.
The River Key can be seen at the right hand side of the field; the towpath will be on the left, alongside the road.
Dance BridgeAt the northern end of Dance Field the Canal passes in front of Godby's Farm, which will clearly need road access.
An alternative here might be to go behind the houses; but they probably need access to the fields behind, which could be even more problematic.
To the right of the big tree in the middle of the picture, the Canal turns right and enters a field.
|The Canal then turns left again to follow its former direction and crosses a field; I guess it would go roughly through the gate in the hedge.
Picture taken 6.2.2005
Railway BridgeIn the next field the footpath is fenced off from the field.
A footpath crosses, which may necessitate another bridge; then the Swindon & Cricklade Railway (formerly the Midland & south Western Junction Railway) bridge.
The dimensions of the bridge are just about sufficient to get the Canal and a narrow towpath through; the height needs to be determined, as if it is not correct we may have to put in a shallow lock.
|The Canal continues behind the houses along the edge of a couple more fields.
Picture taken 6.2.2005
The Canal continues along the edge of the field, to the left of the picture, and enters Cricklade Marina.
It exits from the marina at the right, roughly in the middle of the picture, and locks down to enter the present course of the River Key, on the right of the picture.
The present course of the River Key, where it goes under one of the complex of new roads joining the A417 in a new, generously-sized culvert.
I have not yet measured the culvert to see if there is enough headroom.
Bearing in mind that the Canal has recently crossed over this culvert at some height, and that the river will have fallen from that point, it can be appreciated that we will have to lock down a fair distance to get under the culvert.
None on this section.
From the aqueduct, the Canal runs alongside the road.
Just before the houses, a public footpath goes off to the right, through the field gate, turns left and fo;;ows the proposed line of the Canal all the way to Cricklade Marina site, terminating on the B4040.
None until you reach the Peterborough Arms just above Dauntsey Bridge.