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News article created on 14 October 2016

Skipton towpath improvement works complete

Work to transform a three-mile stretch of towpath between Skipton and Bradley on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is now complete, opening up better access and traffic-free routes for walkers and cyclists.

Boats on Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Skipton with people on the towpaths Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Skipton

The £450,000 project was carried out by the Trust, working with Craven District Council, and with funding from the Department for Transport’s Cycle Ambition grant programme. 

The Trust and Craven District Council are now working together to identify funding which will extend these improvement works, including a well-used stretch of the towpath heading out of Skipton Town Centre towards Gargrave.

Nick Smith from the Trust said: "The improvements to the towpath look great and are a real boost for all the walkers, runners, boaters and anglers who use it. With the Leeds & Liverpool Canal enjoying its 200th anniversary this year, and more people enjoying it than ever before, it’s great to be able to open it up in this way."

Councillor Chris Moorby, Chairman of the Council, said: “We’re delighted to see this project completed - this towpath is now a fantastic asset to the district, creating better links for residents and tourists.  We know there is a demand for improvements to the canal towpath running in the other direction towards Gargrave and we’re working hard with the Canal & River Trust to try to achieve this ambition