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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Oldest Canal in England

Leaving Torksey Lock we travelled along the Fossdyke navigation which goes to Lincoln.
The Fossdyke is reckoned to be the oldest canal  (still in use) in England. It was built by the Romans 2000 years ago to join the River Trent with the River Witham, and so link to the sea at Boston. The Romans probably used it to transport military supplies and food from the farmland on the fens to their soldiers. The navigation is 11 miles long and very straight, just like Roman roads.
Views of Lincoln
'The Glory Hole,' the oldest bridge with buildings over in England. The arch dates from 1160. The  houses on the bridge date from 1540.

As you emerge from 'The Glory Hole' the scene is of a modern shopping centre with this stunning sculpture spanning the waterway.
Half-way up Steep Hill, looking back down. Note the leaning lamppost!
The Cathedral and Castle are high up above the river on the only high ground for miles. The old cobbled streets and individual shops are a real treat once you've made it up there.
The views out to the countryside are lovely.
The cathedral with its 3 square towers.
One of the remaining gateways into the city.
The last surviving windmill of nine once standing on this escarpment of the city. It has been restored to full working order and though the sails were turning, there was not enough wind to be milling.

1 comment:

  1. My aunt lives near Lincoln but I don't remember it looking so pretty! Its been a long time since I went however!