Stratford Canal Basin

Stratford Basin

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal was built between 1793 and 1816 to connect the River Avon (which is just off camera to the right) to the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Kings Norton. Early on a January morning the basin has few occupants, and the waters are still. I walked along the canal towards Wilmcote and found it had been drained for repairs a few miles north of Stratford, explaining the lack of narrow boats.

In the middle distance is a statue commemorating a poet and playwright who had been born in Stratford on 1564. Some of you may have heard of him.