News article created on 21 March 2019

No more muddy puddles as canal towpath is upgraded on the Shropshire Union Canal

We are delighted to confirm the completion of improvements to a popular canal towpath near Queen’s Drive in Nantwich on the Shropshire Union Canal.

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The work was completed thanks to £55,000 funding secured on behalf of the Trust by Cheshire East Council from developer contributions.

The improvements to the towpath between Bridge 89, Redstripes Bridge, and Bridge 90, at Green Lane, will now make it easier for the local community to enjoy their time by the water for cycling, walking, fishing and days out with the family. Nearby steps accessing the canal have also been upgraded.

Sarah Lalieu, enterprise manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our canals are a tranquil haven but this stretch of towpath got rather muddy in wet weather making it difficult for local people and boaters to walk along the canal.  

“We hope these improvements will encourage more local people to get out by the water and enjoy the benefits of being out in the fresh air and close to nature.”

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council executive director for Place, said: “Cheshire East is blessed with 80 miles of waterways, including the very popular Cheshire Ring. We value the economic benefits our canals and rivers bring to the borough through visitor numbers and we are pleased to have been able to make a further financial contribution – through S106 developer funding – to enable the Trust to improve this towpath for the benefit of walkers and the boating community.”