Canal towpath closures

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Canal towpath closures

Postby Slowroad » 6 Jan 2015, 9:44pm

In the past I've grumbled because I didn't know where to find out if towpaths are closed - well here is the webpage! Includes an option for towpath issues as well as navigation etc.
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices
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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Mistik-ka » 7 Jan 2015, 3:44pm

Thanks! This is very helpful. :)

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby theDaveB » 10 Jan 2015, 3:26pm

I can't find my local canals on the site and one of them has a footpath diversion in place for the next 18 months.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby RickH » 10 Jan 2015, 3:40pm

theDaveB wrote:I can't find my local canals on the site and one of them has a footpath diversion in place for the next 18 months.

Dave

There are a few canals that aren't part of the Canal & River Trust network.

Alternatively, check carefully that they aren't officially a branch of another canal even if not generally known by that name. You can check what the canal is, if it is part of the network, on the map here.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Jan 2015, 3:42pm

This looks like one for "Too good to lose."

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 10 Jan 2015, 4:49pm

DaveB - given that your location is Cheshire, I'm guessing the canal you can't find is the Bridgewater. That's an independent canal run by the Manchester Ship Canal Co (who, in turn, are part of Peel Holdings) so you won't find it on the CRT website. They do have their own website at http://www.bridgewatercanal.co.uk/ but there doesn't appear to be any information on towpath closures.

I'm currently doing some work with CRT on getting new, better maps onto their website so hopefully finding towpath information will be easier still in the future!
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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Si » 11 Jan 2015, 3:44pm

thirdcrank wrote:This looks like one for "Too good to lose."


Consider it done.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Mistik-ka » 11 Jan 2015, 6:25pm

Si wrote:
thirdcrank wrote:This looks like one for "Too good to lose."


Consider it done.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby theDaveB » 11 Jan 2015, 11:17pm

Richard Fairhurst wrote:DaveB - given that your location is Cheshire, I'm guessing the canal you can't find is the Bridgewater. That's an independent canal run by the Manchester Ship Canal Co (who, in turn, are part of Peel Holdings) so you won't find it on the CRT website. They do have their own website at http://www.bridgewatercanal.co.uk/ but there doesn't appear to be any information on towpath closures.

I'm currently doing some work with CRT on getting new, better maps onto their website so hopefully finding towpath information will be easier still in the future!


Sorry,I should have said which one. It is the St Helens Canal and part of it is the Trans Penine and it is closed due to the Mersey Gateway Bridge being built.

Also I couldn't find the Manchester Ship Canal.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Bicycler » 12 Jan 2015, 12:24am

The Manchester Ship canal is the responsibility of the Manchester Ship Canal Company not the C&RT.
The St. Helen's Canal is officially known as the Sankey Canal and is officially closed to navigation, so again it does not fall under the C&RT.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby pete75 » 12 Jan 2015, 5:41pm

As craft using canals these days have an engine is there still any requirement for a towpath? For the same reason they no longer have people to leg boats through tunnels.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Bicycler » 12 Jan 2015, 6:23pm

Most users of the canals these days use the towpath rather than the water. Indeed, as Dave shows, there are canals which have been closed to navigation for decades but where the towpaths are still well used. Lots of the river navigations have lost their old towpaths. Where towpaths were provided as part of a canal and the canal itself has been maintained the towpath has almost always been maintained as well.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Postboxer » 12 Jan 2015, 8:28pm

Still tempting to drain and pave them all though.

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby pwa » 13 Jul 2016, 12:00pm

Postboxer wrote:Still tempting to drain and pave them all though.


I'm holidaying on them in a couple of weeks, so keep your hands off that plug!

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Re: Canal towpath closures

Postby Postboxer » 13 Jul 2016, 1:24pm

If you were designing a city from scratch these days, you could have a cycle network much like a canal network, completely separate from the roads going directly to useful places.