Thames and Severn Canal Path, Sapperton

There’s nothing I love more than a long walk in the countryside; I find it’s a great way for me to clear my mind while getting some excercise. I’ve already been on a hike this year and for plenty of walks around Arboretums and gardens, which is something I hope to do more of as the weather gets warmer.

Thankfully Aaron shares my love of nature walks, so last weekend we decided to walk part of the Thames and Severn Canal Path, near Sapperton, which is a route I have walked countless times before. We used to go blackberry picking along the canal path when we were children and I enjoy seeing how things have changed walking around the area as an adult.

Overgrown branches covering part of a lock.

Admittedly it’s been a few years since my last walk there so I was looking forward to it, especially considering Aaron has never been along the canal path, and the added bonus of being able to spend some time with my mum too; who we invited to come along for the walk with us.

We quickly found that all of the ‘kissing gates’ have been removed in favour of more accessible designs. I imagine this was to help those with pushchairs and dog walkers, which is great, but I’ll miss the fun ascept of the ‘kissing gates’.

Walking the canal path.

The Thames and Severn canal can be found in Gloucestershire, in the south of England and was conceived as part of a canal route from Bristol to London. It connects to the River Thames at Inglesham Lock near Lechlade and to the River Severn at Wallbridge near Stroud. Now personally I’ve only seen a small part of the canal path but it’s a part that’s full of history and wildlife.

Frampton Mansell Viaduct

The path we walked starts at The Viaduct in Frampton Mansell and goes along to the Sapperton Tunnel through Siccaridge Wood. The Sapperton tunnel was the longest canal tunnel in Britain, when it was built and remains one of the longest today. I always enjoy these walks with my mum as she is very knowledgeable about this section of the canal.

She was telling us stories of when the Sappeton tunnel collapsed and how it became blocked by fallen rocks. How the locks were used, where they used to swim as children and even a story about a canal battle, although I’m not sure of the authenticity on the last one! πŸ˜…

Siccarige Wood Nature Reserve

The area along the canal path is home to a range of wildlife and fauna, and one of the central sections (Siccarige Wood) is a nature reserve, maintained by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Footbridge over the lock towards Siccarige Wood.

The wood itself includes ash, silver birch and beech trees, with bluebells covering the woodland floor during the Spring months. But honestly, it’s colourful at any time of year, and if you look closely at the banks you can catch a glimpse of springs running down them. Which sounds so tranquil – there is very little noise in the area besides the occasional train.

One of the springs flowing down the bank.

The reserve is home to butterflies, birds, wood ants and the occasional adder; as well as supporting the dormouse population under the National Dormouse Monitoring Scheme.

Sadly we didn’t get to see any wildlife this time (unless you count Pokemon lol) but did hear the birds chirping away.

The Daneway Inn

Our walk to the Sapperton tunnel took us roughly an hour and we stopped off at the Daneway Inn along our way. The Daneway is a lovely country pub, just past the Daneway locks and just before the Sapperton tunnel entrance. We each had a drink and shared some delicious chunky chips before heading back towards Frampton Mansell.

Fun fact: There are three(!) pubs you could visit on this walk… and about four Pokemon Go stops. πŸ˜‰

The canal path itself is reasonably easy to walk but can get very muddy so bring appropriate footwear. Also, please be careful if you’re walking with children or dogs. Some of the disused locks are in poor condition and there are sheer drops in places along the route!

One of the disused locks.

Do you enjoy walks in the countryside? What are some of your favourite places? Let me know in the comments. 😊

29 thoughts on “Thames and Severn Canal Path, Sapperton

    • Kim says:

      Thanks lovely. Nature walks in the countryside are one of my favourite things to do. Glad you liked the photos. 😊 xxx

  1. Laura says:

    This looks like such a calming and rejuvenating walk. I hope the snow and ice melts soon where I live in, so I can start going on long walks/runs again myself πŸ™‚

    Laura //

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment Laura. πŸ™‚ We got very lucky with the weather, it’s been cold, windy and rain since. I hope it warms up again soon.

  2. Bexa says:

    I love walking in nature, it is really therapeutic! It sounds like this is a lovely walk and it looks so peaceful and tranquil from the photos. I love the sound of the birds chirping away, it sounds perfect for clearing your mind. Ooh yum, chunky chips sound like a good idea, especially after all the exercise, definitely well deserved! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your adventures Kim, really enjoyed reading all about it and seeing your beautiful pictures! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  3. Lisa McLachlan says:

    Canal walks are some of my favourite ways to get out and about. We’re very lucky to live near Bradford-on-Avon so quite often go for a stroll down the canal path there. They have quite a few pubs and tea rooms along the way too, which are always a good incentive! Your photos are gorgeous, Kim, and how lovely that the woodland is on the way too. Sounds like the perfect weekend ramble, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    Lisa |

    • Kim says:

      I’d love to take a walk around Bradford-on-Avon! You’re very lucky to live so close by. I’m hoping to take on the Cotswold Way hike next year which follows some more of the canal path (from what I’ve been told). Thanks for your comment Lisa. πŸ™‚

  4. Jenny in Neverland says:

    A walk in nature is definitely what I need right now. Luckily, I’m staying in a woodland reserve next weekend for 2 days, so hopefully I can get some in then! It really does clear your mind doesn’t it πŸ™‚

  5. Sarah says:

    I really enjoy nature walks, but during the winter I don’t really get to do many. This area looks beautiful. Can’t wait for winter to be over so I can go back to walking in nature.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment. We don’t do too many during the Winter months either as it can be very muddy, and cold! I’m hoping to do more walks as Spring comes. I do enjoy a snowy walk though.

  6. Geraldine says:

    Wow I love all the description you put in here, I love nature walks although unfortunately I haven’t been doing much of it lately. The photos are so beautiful, the Woodbridge looks really lovely! I love that you added Pokemon as well haha πŸ˜‚ thank you for sharing!

    Geraldine |

  7. Amy says:

    Glad you enjoyed your countryside walk. We live round the corner from a nice wood, which leads up to a farm and ice cream shop. We walk up there every summer and it’s so relaxing. Although on our walk there are no Pokestops, which is annoying. Unless they’ve added more in since I last went!

    I love the photos you’ve taken. Countryside areas always look so beautiful.

    • Kim says:

      That sounds like a lovely walk, especially the ice cream shop at the end of it. πŸ’— So refreshing in the Summer.

  8. Chloe Chats says:

    Ahh this is lovely! I’m a big fan of nature walks, I used to go on them a lot when I didn’t live in a city, but now it’s only every so often when I’m visiting particular places. I think my last nature walk was probably last year when I went to Belfast. I love that you included how many pokestops there were too hehe!

    Chloe xx

    • Kim says:

      Any excuse to put something geeky in my posts. πŸ˜‰ lol. I’d love to visit Belfast! I’m a little envious.

  9. Stephanie Bartlett says:

    I would love to do this walk – we love walking and particularly love the Peak District and towpaths! We have just bought a narrowboat so we will be walking along plenty of tow paths now πŸ˜†

    • Kim says:

      I’d love to visit the Peak District, it’s on my UK bucket list. I hope you enjoy taking tour narrow boat out. πŸ™‚

  10. Roger says:

    Really like this post and your writing style. I felt like I was there with you along Thames. I definitely relate to being in nature. The simplicity is restorative. Also, great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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