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Canal de la Unión de Shropshire



Récord: 106 km

Tipo: Canales




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Continente: Europa

País: Reino Unido

Localización: Conecta Wolverhampton con Ellesmere Port

Año: 1846

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:El Canal de la Unión de Shropshire es un canal navegable en Inglaterra. Los canales de Llangollen y de Montgomery son los nombres modernos de las ramas del sistema de la unión de Shropshire ("SU") y se encuentran parcialmente en País de Gales.

El canal se encuentra en los condados de Staffordshire, Shropshire y Cheshire en el noroeste de Midlands en Inglaterra. Conecta el sistema de canal de West Midlands, en Wolverhampton, con el río Mersey y el canal navegable de Manchester en Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 millas (106 km) distante.

The Shropshire Union Canal runs from the edge of urban Wolverhampton through some of the most underpopulated areas of England to the River Mersey at Ellesmere Port, about sixty miles in all and taking a fairly leisurely four days to cruise.

Along the Shroppie (as it is known by its many admirers) the scenery is often quite dramatic, with sweeping views across to the Welsh Marches and the strangely shaped ridge called "The Wrekin" from the long embankments and with the atmospheric heavily wooded deep cuttings, a number of which were reputed by the old boat people to be haunted. These days this is also UFO territory! Strange visions are also likely if you have had a few pints of "6X" in the Anchor Inn at High Offley, an old boatmans pub that has survived almost unchanged.

The Shropshire Union Canal from Wolverhampton to Ellesmere Port

known affectionately as "The Shroppie"!

Researched and written by Jeannette Briggs

The Shropshire Union Canal is a relatively latecomer to the canal network. Its route runs from the large town of Wolverhampton in the Midlands, where it leaves the Staffs. and Worcester Canal at Autherley Junction, and it heads north towards Cheshire, the River Mersey and Ellesmere Port. It is one of the most scenic of all the canals, and is much loved by narrowboaters up and down the country who use it. As a consequence, in summer it gets quite crowded!

The canal was one of last on the whole network to be built. Many of the navigators who built it had previously worked on the newfangled railways, which were starting to be constructed all over the country. The navigators employed the techniques used for railway construction to create the high embankments and deep cuttings for the canal, so that it was much more "level" than earlier canals, and did not therefore need to traverse through loads of locks, which slowed up the progress of boats and their cargoes.

The Shropshire Union Canal is a charmingly rural and isolated waterway for much of its length. With stretches where there are no towns for miles, it is a great place to get close to nature.

The northern section is a wide waterway, following the gently rolling Cheshire landscape. The arrow-straight southern section has a character all of its own, which comes from being built in the twilight of the canal age. Long embankments, cuttings and grand bridges were developments of the railway age, and allowed the canal to have fewer locks. The deep, moss-grown cuttings are atmospheric and full of wildlife, and you can often spot herons and kingfishers.

After passing through the Roman town of Chester, the canal ends at Ellesmere Port. The National Waterways Museum is a must-see here, with its fascinating collection of historic working boats and insight into the history of the canals.

The Shropshire Union Canal runs from Autherley Junction, near Wolverhampton, on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, to the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port. There are two branches, the Middlewich Branch (which runs from Barbridge Junction to the Trent & Mersey Canal at Middlewich) and the River Dee Branch (which runs from the main line at Chester to the tidal river Dee). The main line of the canal is 66.5 miles (107km) long and 47 locks, the Middlewich Branch is 10 miles (16.1km) long and has 4 locks, and the River Dee Branch is 0.25 miles (0.4km) long and has 3 locks. There is also a Newport Branch (derelict, but under restoration as part of the Shewsbury and Newport Canal), joining at Norbury Junction.

IWA has proposed improved links between the Shropshire Union Canal and the river Dee - download the report (2MB pdf file).

The maximum boat size that can navigate the Canal's main line (from Autherley to Nantwich) is

length: 70' 11" (21.62 metres) - Autherley Stop Lock

beam: 7' 7"" (2.21 metres) - Autherley Stop Lock

height: 7' 11" (2.41 metres) - Bridge Lock

draught: 4' 1" (1.24 metres) - cill of Autherley Junction Stop Lock

The maximum boat size that can navigate the old Chester Canal (from Nantwich to Ellesmere Port) is

length: 75' 2" (22.91 metres) - Ellesmere Port Locks

beam: 11' 1" (3.37 metres) - M53 Bridge

height: 7' 11" (2.41 metres) - Sellar Street Bridge (Bridge 123C), Chester

draught: 4' 1" (1.24 metres) - Sellar Street Bridge

The maximum boat size that can navigate the Middlewich Branch is

length: 75' 4" (22.95 metres) - Church Minsull Lock

beam: 7' 1" (2.16 metres) - Church Minsull Lock

height: 8' 0" (2.44 metres) - rail bridge at Cholmondeston

draught: 4' 10" (1.47 metres) - Church Minsull Lock


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