Looking north from the top of Aylestone Hill, this shows the route the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal follows into Hereford. Having passed through Ledbury around 25km (16 miles) earlier, the canal approaches from the east (right) and comes a little closer to the camera before leaving to the west (left).
Looking north from Roman Road Bridge the restored Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal will come towards us and pass under our feet. Signs like this one appear in many places along the route of the canal through Hereford, providing an important role in publicizing the canal.
Looking south from Roman Road Bridge there’s a narrow channel through the trees which still holds water. It might be a messy job clearing lots of vegetation but that’s all that would be required for navigation.
A footpath follows the line of the canal until it reaches Aylestone Tunnel. Here the line, to the right of the tree, is easy to identify. The channel will be restored by the builders of the new housing to the right of the canal as a requirement of their planning consent.
The footpath climbs to pass over the mouth of Aylestone Tunnel, with the channel, to the right, becoming less distinct as we approach the tunnel. The tunnel is said to be in good condition, and the channel to the tunnel mouth at this end will be restored by the builders of the adjacent housing estate as a requirement of their planning consent.
The path follows above the first half of Aylestone Tunnel, then we must take to separate footpaths and roads which merely follow the general route, with much of the original alignment being lost under buildings and a new alignment being proposed for restoration.