6th June 2010
The mile and a half of canal through Newport is a shining example of canal preservation as local amenity, long before restoration was even considered.
Summerhouse Bridge (13)
The canal track is in water all the way from Meretown lock to the east through Farmers Lock and into the Town Lock, both of which have been in filled and left with just a few inches of water to offer an indication of what it looked like, but without the danger of drowning.
Fisher's Lock Newport.
Newport Canal Basin
This policy prevents the line becoming clogged with debris, preserving the chambers for ultimate restoration. To the town's credit, the resulting linear waterpark is kept spick and span and completely devoid of the sort of debris one usually finds in an abandoned canal.
East from Newport Town Lock
Black Warehouse at Newport
Newport contains contains a couple of additional bonus features. Firstly there is the large square basin which is now filled with lillies and offers a tranquil fishing spot, and secondly there is the "Black Warehouse" one of the few original canalside strictures to remain. There are plans for a long term use for this building, but to date is remains just a BW store.
Gate recess at Newport Town Lock
I predict that, come the restoration, Newport with its quaint country town centre will become a firm favourite with boaters, similar in appeal to Market Drayton but smaller.