The Approach to Hereford

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The approach to Hereford
The approach to Hereford (click to enlarge)

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).

Waterway and Kilometerage HAG 51.000.01
OS Grid Reference SO 52153 41494
Date and Time 160122 135903
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North of Roman Road Bridge

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North of Roman Road Bridge
North of Roman Road Bridge

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.

Waterway and Kilometerage HAG 51.855.01
OS Grid Reference SO 52348 41924
Date and Time 160122 134312
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The Line of the Canal

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The line of the canal
The line of the canal

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.

Waterway and Kilometerage HAG 52.150
OS Grid Reference SO 52099 41772
Date and Time 160122 140942
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Difficult to Identify the Canal Route

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Difficult to identify the canal
Difficult to identify the canal

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.

Waterway and Kilometerage HAG 52.395
OS Grid Reference SO 51851 41744
Date and Time 160122 141529
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Over the Top of Aylestone Tunnel

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Over the Top of Aylestone Tunnel
Over the Top of Aylestone Tunnel

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.

Waterway and Kilometerage HAG 52.740
OS Grid Reference SO 51508 41685
Date and Time 160122 142701
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