Towpath improvements latest.

Plans to improve the condition of the towpath into Bath for pedestrians and cyclists look like taking a while to put into practice.

Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath
The Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath

B&NES has obtained grant money to enable the Canal and River Trust to bring in contractors to upgrade the surface of this canalside route – which is getting more and more traffic.

Mud and huge puddles make conditions difficult for anyone trying to use this quick and London-Road-avoiding trip into town.

kennet and Avon canal towpath
Is there room for walkers and cyclists?

It’s hoped a wider and level surface will also help keep cyclists and pedestrians more safely apart.

The Virtual Museum has heard work is due to start at the end of February – beginning of March – but is likely to be a long, drawn out process which will start at the George Inn end at Bathampton and work into the city and Sydney Gardens.

Looking down the route coming from Grosvenor Bridge and up onto the canal. A new surface but that’s it folks!

The access point to the towpath – from Grosvenor Bridge – is not likely to be tackled until July and – apart from a new surface – no remedial work will be done to overhanging trees.

The issue of leaves and storm-blown twigs and branches will remain. What you call a four-seasons track!

On Twitter today (Friday, Feb 12th 2016)  TimmyCJ tells me:

‘I think they are stopping the upgrade at Sydney Gardens but it’s a disgrace in Widcombe/Bathwick’

The towpath towards Widcombe.

Timmy has sent me some photographs to emphasise his point!

The towpath at Widcombe.


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