Discover how engineering shaped the Stroud Navigation

Photo shows Pike Lock, Eastington. View towards Stroud, photo courtesy of Cotswolds Canals
Pike Lock Eastington

The Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE South West) is offering a free guided tour along the Stroudwater Navigation this Saturday (June 22).

The guided walk is part of ICE’s national Explore Engineering Weekend, which this year has a schedule of more than 21 events involving businesses, schools and cities. The UK-wide initiative showcases the importance of civil engineers to our day-to-day lives – the events are a great way for people to find out about the built environment in their area and discover how engineers shape the world around them. As well, the Explore Engineering Weekend coincides with International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June, which is coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society. The theme this year is #TransformTheFuture.

The Stroudwater Navigation was one of the country’s earliest canals, built in the 1770s to link Stroud with the River Severn. The guided walk will be provided by Cotswold Canal Trust volunteers, who will explain how the canal is gradually being restored, and what was involved in re-opening the section that runs through the centre of Stroud. Tours last for approximately an hour and a half and start at 10.00, 11.30 and 13.00. Booking is essential. To find out more and to book a place visit

Miranda Housden, Director of ICE South West, says: “This is an exciting opportunity for members of the public to learn just how important civil engineering is to our day-to-day lives. This year’s Explore Engineering initiative is particularly special, falling on the same weekend as International Women in Engineering Day. It is a chance to introduce local communities to this dynamic and fascinating industry.”