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A rough, illustrated, guide to the former Glastonbury Canal and the Somerset & Dorset Railway - and what they look like today.

By clicking the icon in the top left of the map window, you can select/deselect other options to view or click the icon top right to view full screen.

The Flickr photos for this map are also viewable at

The railway route is shown in orange and the canal in blue .

The routes of the canal and railway are alongside each other for the most part because, as in so many cases, the railway took over a former canal company. In this case however, the new railway was built alongside the waterway - because the latter was largely still required as a drain - a function it fulfills to this day.

I have found a number of websites with more information on the railway and canal and their history. The following are just samples.
Follow these links for further information:- All links should open in a new tab.

For a historic map of the route, follow this link and then adjust the transparency on the slider scale to view the present day appearance:
Click Here for Historic Map

The best starting point is probably this wikipedia entry for the canal
or this for the railway