Towpath section may open before July 15th

The complete resurfacing of the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath from Bathampton into Bath is still on schedule for completion on July 15th – but a section of it might be opened earlier.

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The fenced off area still being worked upon and leading towards Bath.

My sources now tell me that the top coat of surfacing between Candy’s Bridge and Bath (including the railway link path) will take around 2-3 weeks but is very much weather dependent – as it can only be applied in the dry.

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That section can apparently be re-opened once the work is complete but it’s difficult to give a specific date as yet due to the weather dependence.

Once the Bath section is complete the section between Candy’s Bridge and Bathampton will have the top surface applied which will take up to 2 weeks and will be close to the 15th July date as originally advised.

The towpath is being tarmacked and then coated with a small-stoned grit layer to provide a smooth path for pedestrians and cyclists.

Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath

The Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath

This route into town – avoiding the traffic-clogged London Road – has been plagued with water-filled potholes and mud.

Canal boat users are obviously also going to reap benefits from the improved surface and smoother, less muddy access to their boats.