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This is a completely new programme, filmed in 2008. It takes you on a 66 mile journey up the mainline of the Shropshire Union canal, from its junction with the Staffs and Worcester Canal in the South, to the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port in the North.

What we now know as the Shropshire Union Canal, or "Shroppie", includes what were originally four separate canals, each built to a different style and standard by different Canal Companies and Engineers. The DVD captures these different styles, together with the rich scenic variety through which the canal passes, making this a most attractive and interesting programme.

The Southern section of the Shroppie, from Autherley Junction, is one of the latest of the narrow canals. Designed by Telford, it employed the "cut and fill" construction technique, with deep, sheer-sided cuttings and massive embankments. This is in sharp contrast to the much older wide beam canal to the north which meanders, river-like, around the contours of the landscape, and through some of the oldest and most attractive parts of the City of Chester. The canal terminates at a basin within the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, which is a "must" for any canal enthusiast.

DVD Info

Region: 2
Running Time: 63 minutes

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