Thursday, 20 June 2019

Riverhead at Louth.

The Louth Navigation Canal winds it's way through Lincolnshire, from the North sea, and ends at the Riverhead in Louth.  Keelboats once sailed from Grimsby and Boston to bring goods inland via the canal, to unload at the wharf side buildings at Louth's Riverhead.

Work began to build the Louth Navigation Canal in the 1700's and it was completed in 1770.  It had a varied existence until it finally closed in 1924.  Now it's used mainly by dog walkers & anglers.

Looking along the canal to an old lock.

This is the last lock pit before the canal reaches the Riverhead.  Devoid of it's gates
the recent heavy rain is deafening as it tumbles down to the lower level.

The view in the opposite direction, from the lock, is of much calmer water.

New housing to the right of the canal contrasting with industrial yards opposite.

Just beyond this peaceful stretch is journeys end at the Riverhead.

One of the locals out for it's walk, a lovely Ruby Cavalier.

Wild Mallow.

The Riverhead and wharf buildings.

In recent years this building was used as a builders Merchants but has been renovated
and is in the care of the "Louth Navigation Trust".

This & the following photo are of the opposite wharf side building of apartments.


Olympus EM10 Mk2 + 14-42mm EZ Mzuiko lens.


  1. This is a walking tour I’d love to take! You’ve done such a great job of capturing the lush green of the area as well as the interesting buildings. Although the photos are all excellent as I’ve come to expect from you, the framing and composition of the second shot is perfect and it really conveys the sound of the water so well. Great post!

    1. Thank you Ann, it's one of our regular walks but, on this ocassion, the water.was really forceful.

  2. Looks so charming and inviting. Thanks!!

  3. What a lovely place to walk, you have captured the area so well in your photos. Love the power of the water in your last lock photo.

    1. Thank you Mike, the water was very high, but at least there wasn't any flooding