This is a disused canal running beside atmospheric public footpaths.

Built in the early 1800s, the canal brought coal from the coal fields around Paulton, Timsbury and Radstock to Bath and then along the Kennet & Avon Canal for wider distribution. In its heyday, before the railways arrived, it transported 100,000 tons of coal per year.

Today it provides attractive walking routes through the landscape, with hints of the industrial heritage still visible, such as the derelict locks pictured here.  The free download version of the booklet “The Coal Canal Way” will help you navigate.

You can read the fascinating history of the canal here: Somersetshire Coal Canal