Towpath Closures

The table of closures will be updated as information becomes available




Arundel Aqueduct to Bowbridge Lock

Towpath closed to permit channel dredging to be carried out by Land & Water Services. (L&WS)
L&WS will be based on the Newlands Homes site at Bowbridge. Diversion via London Road will be signed posted.

5th September 2016

Mid October 2016

Stroud Brewery Bridge — Wallbridge Lower Lock

Restoration of Wallbridge Lower Lock means the towpath is closed either side of the lock.
Westbound towpath users can bypass the site by rejoining the towpath at the premises of Dougfield Plumbers.

Click here to read about Wallbridge Lower Lock restoration


Until further notice


Bowbridge Lock

Bowbridge Lock is still undergoing restoration.
The towpath is now open from Bowbridge Bridge to the East of the lock. Eastbound users can rejoin the towpath via the steps pictured below.

Click here to read about Bowbridge Lock restoration

Towpath now open in an Easterly direction from Bowbridge Bridge


Capels Mill to Bowbridge Bridge — Towpath Closed at Arundel Aqueduct Diversion signs in place

Work on making Bowbridge Bridge navigable has temporarily ceased.

Gloucestershire County Council Highways have responded to public concern and are now reviewing the design in an effort to permit the inclusion of a towpath beneath the bridge.

In the meantime, eastbound pedestrians should follow the diversion from the Arundel Aqueduct. It directs walkers up from the towpath at the eastern end of Capel’s Mill and onto the London Road.

Click here to read about the Bowbridge Bridge widening and restoration.

The above article will be updated when GCC Highways announce their new plan.

Until further notice

Ryeford Double Lock to Ryeford Bridge

Work on piling the canal channel will mean intermittent daytime closures between the end of May and early July.

Towpath users are asked to heed the advice given by our volunteers involved in the project.

The operations will involve moving and placing heavy materials using a crane and piling hammer on this narrow, and sometimes uneven, causeway

This work will benefit all users by widening and smoothing the towpath surface whilst preventing erosion of the canal channel.

Click here to find out more about the project

End of May to
Mid September

Towpath Map

Click here to purchase a Stroudwater — Thames & Severn Towpath map online

This map will help you find your way around the towpath closures.

It is also available at the CCT Visitor Centres at Saul Junction and Wallbridge.

Pop in and see us and have a chat over a complimentary  cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate

An overview provided by Dave Marshall
SDC’s Canal Restoration Project Manager

The ongoing nature of the restoration may well require short term closures of the canal towpath.

Towpath closures occur to ensure the health and safety of the public.

The reason public access must be restricted is usually a construction activity involving heavy excavators and other vehicles in the creation of deep excavations. The linear nature of the canal and limited access to work sites can make the restoration task difficult.

Legal Status

The towpath is a public right of way (PROW), the County Council’s PROW office has gone through the statutory process necessary for temporary closures.

The same procedure has been followed in cases where canal works have forced the temporary closure of other public rights of way.

Conclusions & Aspirations

It is appreciated that closures cause inconvenience to towpath users, but we hope people will ultimately find the disruption worthwhile – particularly with regard to the improved canal and resurfaced towpath widened to 2 metres where possible.
The project is intended to improve the local economy and create a better amenity for local people.

We hope that local people will be able to bear with us whilst we do this work as quickly and safely as we can.
David Marshall