Lower lock

One of the sweet points and hidden  gems of the canal network, Bratch Locks attracts so many visitors!

Why? Well it is beautiful, covers a small area, has much boat traffic, is easy to park at and is well-preserved – what more do you need! Older people with less mobility, love it for these reasons and can access it easily using mobility scooters, etc.

It was originally built by master constructor and genius James Brindley and opened in 1772 as a three lock staircase.  Later it was re-engineered as three separate locks with 6 gates. Their operation is unusual as there are in effect double gates between the locks. There are also two bridges, a toll house, and a keeper’s cottage.

The Georgian architectural scene is not spoilt in any way with intrusive modern buildings and the historic buildings are still there and in use with no visible changes to conform to modern  standards.

Nearby is a notable example of Victorian architecture and engineering, the Bratch Pumping Station which was built in 1895 and used to pump the lock water back up to the top. This is in superb condition, and normally has an annual steam up festival.

It’s a great place to show children how locks work, but, as with all locks, best to stand away from the sides.

The setting and constant activities at the locks mean I just have to go back again and again!

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