New life for towpath

Work on upgrading the 1.7-mile canal towpath between Wendover and Halton has now been completed.

The high-specification upgrade was supervised by the Canal & River Trust and the work carried out by its contractors, Kier plc and The Rothen Group.

The result (pictured above) is an all-weather, 1.5m-wide path, with bank reinforcement, a strong membrane, a solid 100mm foundation and a 50mm surface of Centrack which is limestone-based, highly durable, widely used and particularly suited to this rural environment.

The improvement will enable people of all ages and abilities to use the towpath throughout the year, so families, schoolchildren, walkers, runners, cyclists and those with reduced mobility will all be able to use the path whatever the weather or time of year.

The project has been helped by funding from the HS2 Chiltern AONB Review Group (with the substantial support of Chilterns Conservation Board), Wendover Parish Council, Wendover Community Board, Lionel Abel-Smith Trust and Halton Parish Council.

During the coming months, Wendover Canal Trust will be replacing railings at the beginning of the canal at Wharf Road and putting up signage along the entire route from Wendover to Halton. This is largely being funded by the EKFB joint venture (Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall).

Upgrading of the towpath will be celebrated with an event in the spring.

Funding bids for this project have been led by the Wendover Canal Trust.