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A guided walk along Lord Rolle’s Canal from Annery Kiln to Sea Lock (Bideford Branch)
Sun. 5 September 2021 at 2:30 pm
The Sea Lock of the Rolle Canal is being returned to its former glory thanks to an ambitious restoration project led by The Rolle Canal and Northern Devon Waterways Society. This guided walk of about two miles covers several key features of the Rolle Canal and its construction, notably the Sea Lock that enabled sea-going boats to enter the large canal basin for the shipment of cargo.
The walk is about two miles in total, mostly level although a little uneven. Stout footwear is recommended. It will take around 1½ – 2 hours. Parking at Annery Kiln is limited and used by neighbours so car-sharing is helpful if possible. Visitors are asked to donate a fee of £2 which all goes towards restoration costs. Tea and coffee will be available at the conclusion of the walk.
If you would like to join this walk please contact the organiser before Wednesday 1 September 2021. Places are limited so please book early.
Assembling in the yard of Annery Kiln for a 2.30 pm start, participants will be given an overview of the function and route of the canal, from Half Penny Bridge. Moving on to Annery Kiln to view its structure and features. From here the party will progress along the riverside track to the site of the North Devon Pottery Company. (No remains visible) Following the canal towpath through an area of nature conservancy to the upper reaches of the loading basin where restorative construction is in progress. Here a derelict river barge can be seen. At the mouth of the canal (Sea Lock), the workings of the lock chamber will be explained. Crossing the canal, two full-sized replica tub boats can be seen. Here there is a first-floor interpretation centre containing artefacts, pictures and text relating to the canal. Housed underneath is a rare reed-cutting launch. Also on site nearby are two vintage crawler-cranes and Massey Fergusson tractors.