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Transforming towpaths in Swarkestone

We’re working to improve the Trent & Mersey Canal towpath running through Swarkestone, making it easier for local people to feel the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time by water.

Towpath at Swarkestone

Working in partnership with Sustrans, we're improving a 2.5km stretch of the Trent & Mersey Canal towpath starting at Swarkestone and connecting to the Cloud Trail which runs south to Worthington. The section forms part of Route 6 of the National Cycle Network which connects London to the Peak District as well as being a popular path locally and offering a connection into Derby.

The project will transform this important section of the NCN route and transform this stretch of towpath, making it suitable for use all year round by people on foot or bike as well as those with wheelchairs or buggies. As part of the works the path will be widened and a new all-weather surface laid. This involves initially laying a bitumen surface and returning to add a stone chip layer in the Spring to give it a more rural feel sympathetic to the surroundings.

Funding for the project has come from the Department for Transport through Sustrans' Paths For Everyone programme.

Works are set to begin in October and are anticipated to last for 12 weeks. The towpath will be closed for the duration of the works.

An example 'tar & chip' towpath

Last Edited: 10 October 2022

photo of a location on the canals
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