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European funded projects from across the region

Thanks to funding secured from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - Europe investing in rural areas we've improved a number of towpaths across the West Midlands region.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

These projects include in:

Catherine de Barnes in Solihull

Thanks to funding of £481,000 we've improved a one-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal in Solihull.

The towpath from Catherine de Barnes to Damson Parkway has been widened in places and resurfaced. The improved path will provide a green, traffic-free route into towards Birmingham and the wider countryside for walkers, cyclists and people with buggies.

New mooring rings have been installed to encourage visiting boaters to stop and spend some time in Solihull town centre. Signage along the canal has also been upgraded, making it easier for local people to navigate along the towpath.

Great Haywood in Staffordshire

Working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and the National Trust we've improved the towpath along the Trent & Mersey Canal in Great Haywood.

The project involved resurfacing, and in some places widening the canal towpath, from Iron Bridge to the Trent Aqueduct in Great Haywood, a distance of 600 metres.

The project has created a level pothole free green route that local people can use to commute to work and school, enjoy a leisurely stroll, go for a run or simply to enjoy the canal.

The footpath connecting the canal to the Shugborough Estate has also been improved, enabling visitors' easy access to the National Trust site.

Market Drayton in Shropshire

We've recently improved the towpath along the Shropshire Union Canal at Market Drayton for the thousands of boaters and local people who use this section of canal every year.

The project involved resurfacing and widening the towpath from Victoria Wharf at Bridge 65 through to the Market Drayton Aqueduct, allowing local people and visitors to explore their local canal whatever the weather.

Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire

A half a mile section of South Stratford Canal towpath from Birmingham Road (close to the Maybird Shopping Park) has been improved, making it easier for local people to walk along the canal and access the town centre.

The towpath has been widened in places and new way finder signage has been installed to allow people and boaters to find their way to and from the canal and the local area.

Lions Quay in Shropshire

We've improved the towpath along the Llangollen Canal from Shropshire's gateway to the UESCO World Heritage site at Lions Quay, to the village of St Martins.

The new towpath will link in with the previous towpath improvement from Bridge 19W Gledrid Bridge to Bridge 17W Mortons Bridge, creating 12 miles of new pathway through the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal World Heritage Site meaning visitors have improved year-round access.

Last Edited: 28 December 2022

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