A £585,000 project to upgrade 2.2km of towpath alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal between Bath and Bathampton was completed by the Canal & River Trust in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The improvements extend between Darlington Wharf in Bath and Bathampton Road Bridge and also include improvements to link paths, for example, the well-used 300m link path between the canal towpath and Grosvenor Bridge. Seating and cycle stands have also been installed as part of these improvements.
The aim of this scheme is to provide a high quality walking and cycling route, for people travelling in from the east of Bath as an alternative to the A4. This stretch is one of the most heavily used sections on the Kennet & Avon Canal, at a time when more people than ever are visiting their local waterways. Running through the historic Sydney Gardens, the canal in Bath has become a haven for people and wildlife, as well as an important part of the ancient city’s heritage.
The Council have been able to provide funding for new cycle parking shelters in 9 schools and 3 businesses within Bath.