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News article created on 13 June 2016

Towpath puddle challenge issued to Wiltshire youngsters

Youngsters in Wiltshire have been issued an unusual challenge – to find a jump-able puddle in a revamped stretch of towpath on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Devizes.

Children playing in puddles Children playing in puddles

The challenge comes as work to resurface the 700-metre stretch, between Prison Bridge and Town Bridge, has reached completion.

The new allegedly puddle-free path, funded in partnership with Wiltshire Council, will be suitable for use all year round. It is the second phase of three in a proposed project to improve towpath surfaces alongside the 200-year old canal.

Making a splash

Mark Evans, waterway manager at the Trust, said: “This new towpath is a huge improvement on the old one, and we’re very grateful to Wiltshire Council for their help in making it happen. We’re fairly certain it gives people an all-weather route between the famous Caen Hill Locks and Devizes town centre, but just to be sure we’re challenging the experts, and appealing to the many enthusiastic puddle jumpers we see out and about on the canal to see if they can find any. Luckily these summer showers we’re having should give them lots of opportunity to get the wellies on and head out."

Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for highways, said: “We are committed to continuing to develop the pedestrian and cycle access through Devizes, and I’m delighted the next phase of this work has been completed. The canal is a wonderful facility, and this worthwhile investment will be enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages for years to come and will help improve air quality through the town too.”

Get involved

Let us know about the puddles you spot, by emailing feedback@canalrivertrust.org.uk, please note we’ll only take reports of puddles that are at least an inch deep and give a decent splash!