Canal Restoration at Dymock
Dymock lies midway between Ledbury and Newent and the canal, and later the railway ran close to the centre of the town.
Nearest postcode: GL18 2BJ
OS Grid Ref: SO 69966 31027
As with most of the canal south of Ledbury, most of the canal was lost when the Gloucester-Ledbury Railway was built over it, and very few traces of it remain in Dymock.
However, work to secure the line of the canal at Dymock has progressed sporadically over many years, starting back in 2004 when the Trust was able to persuade Gloucestershire County Council to restore a road bridge over the line of the canal, rather than just infill the space beneath.
More recently, the Trust successfully negotiated with planners and developers to ensure that work to re-create the Canal featured significantly in plans for a new housing development. This culminated in the creation of the Winding Pool – an expanse of water that will connect to the canal in the direction of Ledbury and Newent at some point in the future.
More details on these can be seen in the links below.
Future plans for Dymock
Onging maintenance is vital, especially during ther warmer months, and new volunteer assistance is always welcomed.
- Keeping the site neat and tidy for walking
- Cutting grass with the Trust's Grillo mower
- Ensuring the pump is maintaining the desired water level in the recently built winding pool alongside the new housing
The Trust also maintains a watching brief over the line of the canal, and in particular strives to influence any future plans for development likely to affect the path of the canal and its future restoration.
Canal Walk Leaflet No 3 – Dymock
The Trust has devised an increasing number of walks featuring parts of the canal, including one at Dymock.
Each is detailed in a separate leaflet, with a map and easy-to-follow instructions.
This one extends from the Beauchamp Arms southwards past a section of the canal that remains in water at Boyce Court, across the M50 motorway and then back to the village in a loop.
A complete set of the walk leaflets can be obtained from our Website Shop.
More on the Canal at Dymock…
Over the past twelve months the six existing Canal Walk leaflets have been updated, and can now be purchased online. A seventh Walk, planned around Ashperton, is in the course of preparation and should be available shortly.
Take a walk along the Daffodil Walk in Gloucestershire and take advantage of organsised Daffodil Weekend Events at Dymock on March 28th/29th 2020, , at Kempley on March 21st/22nd 2020 or at Oxenhall on March 28th/29th 2020. The walk follows the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal in places. Walking boots recommended […]
May 2016Green Apple Award 2016 – International Recognition H&G Canal Trust has won an International Green Apple Award 2016 for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage. The Award was given for Dymock Partnership Project. The Project, a partnership between H&G Canal Trust and Dymock Parish Council, and supported by Two […]
February 2016 First Phase at Dymock completed! Dymock Parish Council wanted affordable housing to keep Dymock a vibrant community and ensure the survival of the village school (and other facilities including the community owned public house) plus a new car park to meet a long-standing severe shortfall in the village. […]
As the photographs show, the towpath bank had taken shape and the electricity cable has been moved into its new location beneath the bank. We were grateful for the assistance of the house builder, GP Thomas, in achieving those steps. Unfortunately, […]
November 2014 Canal banks take shape at Dymock! We are pleased that at last the Canal restoration is proceeding on site, if very much delayed. We greatly look forward to our long-term partner Keyway completing the work. PICS Thanks to GP Thomas the towpath bank takes shape with diverted electricity […]
13 March 2013 – Dymock Planning Application Approved. We are extremely grateful to the Councillors at Forest of Dean Council for their clear support in granting Planning Permission for the Dymock scheme yesterday 12 votes to 2. The scheme has been led by the Canal Trust’s Legal & Project Development […]
Wednesday 13 March 2013 Planning Application Approved. We are extremely grateful to the Councillors at Forest of Dean Council for their clear support in granting Planning Permission for the Dymock scheme yesterday 12 votes to 2. The scheme has been led by the Canal Trust’s Legal & Project Development Team […]
Location Dymock Bridge is a former road over rail bridge in the centre of Dymock village. History The bridge was constructed originally for the Gloucester – Ledbury railway in 1885, much of which was built on the line of the earlier canal. following closure of the railway in 1964, the […]