At Alvingham we see an example of how the locks were built and, although they are derelict, enough remains to give us an idea of their size and construction. The Louth Navigation Canal skirts around the village of Alvingham but there are other things of interest to see before we reach it.
|On approaching Alvingham there's an old AA sign on the end of this farm building.|
A reminder of one of the reasons the canals in general fell into decline, as transporting
goods by road was considered more efficient.
|One of the tourist attractions at Alvingham is the watermill.|
|Alvingham Mill, once open to the public but now a private residence. The current owner|
told me he intends to open it to the public again, if only on limited occasions. This is not the
canal however, but a stream running off it to power the mill.
|A Muscovy duck that resides here.|
|To reach the canal you must walk through the farmyard adjacent to the mill, it's a public footpath.|
|There's a church directly off the farmyard, one of two situated adjacent to each other, one is |
St. Mary's and the second is St. Adelwood.
|This is the second church, in a more open area.|
|Following the footpath through both churches leads on to the footbridge over the canal.|
|Just a simple footbridge here and the canal can be seen approaching on the right.|
|Very overgrown and silted up but this is relatively clear compared to some stretches. |
Lots of Trout can be seen from the footbridge. Fishing rights on the canal are held by
the Scunthorpe Angling Society.
|Another view of the second church on our way back to the car.|
|It's a working farm so care is needed passing through here.|
|About a mile along from the churches the canal reaches a substantial system of locks.|
|This lock, and the next one on our journey, (Ticklepenny Lock) are the deepest of the remaining|
locks on the Louth canal system. Made of brick and stone they are really only missing their gates.
|This is where a gate would have been, the post for it is still set into the lock wall opposite.|
The ironwork is intact on both sides.
|The road bridge can be seen here, it would have been a swing bridge.|
|This shows the two levels, the original system of eight locks along the canal dropped the |
water level by 46 feet.
|The road bridge.|
|Taken from the bridge we get a view of the lock system.|
|A final, perhaps more picturesque view of the lock at Alvingham.|
Olympus EM1 Mk2 + 12-40mm Pro lens.