Royal Geographical Society creates new guide to The Cotsowld Canals
2:16pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
THE Royal Geographical Society has chosen to feature The Cotswolds Canals in its series of Discovering Britain walks.
A downloadable booklet and audio-guide have been produced by the RGS detailing the 3.5 mile route along the towpath from Wallbridge Lock in Stroud to the Ocean in Stonehouse.
It explains the geographical story behind the various wharves, locks, bridges, mills and warehouses walkers encounter along the way and provides an informative commentary about the wool industry and the canals constructed to service it.
The booklet and audio description also allows walkers to explore the ultimate demise of the canals, as well as ongoing efforts to restore them.
Stroud District Council, the Cotswold Canals Trust and Stroudwater Textile Trust teamed up with the RGS to help it devise the walk entitled ‘Cloth, coal and canals'.
RGS director, Dr Rita Gardner, said: "The Cotswolds is an area well-known for its beautiful rolling hills and picturesque villages but it is also an industrial landscape and has been for many centuries.
“This walk is an opportunity to find out about this other side to the story."
Discovering Britain walks explain the stories behind the UK's built and natural landscapes. They can be downloaded at: www.discoveringbritain.org
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