Towpath closure between Northgate Bridge 123G and King Charles Tower


From Date: 21/11/2017 08:00

To Date: 23/05/2019 00:00 inclusive

Type: Towpath Closure

Reason: Inspection

Is the towpath closed? Yes


Closest waterway: Shropshire Union Canal


23/05/2019 16:36

A joint programme of works by the Canal & River Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council has taken place to clear and cut back vegetation from the area.  A close inspection of the rock face was then undertaken by specialist contractors to ensure all loose rock was removed and the section was made safe and the towpath is now back open.

The on-going maintenance for the area has now being developed by both organisations to ensure the towpath remains open.

11/02/2019 15:05

Canal & River Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council have agreed a joint programme of works on the rock cutting, alongside the Shropshire Union Canal at Northgate, Chester, to enable the towpath to open as soon as possible.

Work will begin on Monday 4 February, initially to clear vegetation from the area which is being carried out by Canal & River Trust contractors and volunteers.  Following a close inspection of the rock face loose rock will be then removed and made safe.  The work is expected to take around two and half months.

11/05/2018 13:21

Although we now understand the scale of the problem, we are still in talks with interested parties to determine responsibility for progressing any works. 

Further updates will follow as known.

15/12/2017 13:02

Due to ongoing investigations and for safety reasons the towpath will remain closed until further notice.

Further updates will follow when available.

21/11/2017 13:58

As part of an inspection of the Roman walls, an area of particularly loose material has been identified above the rock face at the back of the towpath.  As a precautionary measure it is therefore necessary to close the towpath.

We will update this notice next week once we have had the opportunity to fully understand the scale of the problem.


Third party contractors will be removing vegetation and carrying out a survey of the city walls above the towpath. Access will be by abseiling.

Towpath users may need to wait for clearance to pass the site.  Banks staff and warning signs will be in place.

Boat traffic should not be affected.