The 250-year-old Trent & Mersey Canal provides the historic and cultural spine to the Trent Valley. Improvements to surfacing, signage and access for walkers, cyclists, canoeists and boaters will reconnect communities with both this historic environment and the wider landscape.
The Canal & River Trust manages 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, including the Trent & Mersey Canal which forms part of this bid. The project is predominantly an access improvement scheme to upgrade and improve sections of the towpath that have been highlighted in the Access Audit. These improvements will be to the benefit of multiple users including those with disabilities, walkers, cyclists and anglers.
Access to the towpath will also be improved to provide key locations, communities and attractions with new or upgraded access to areas currently identified as poorly accessible.
The Trent and Mersey Canal is over 250 years old and is an important part of the heritage of the Trent Valley. The towpath improvements will be maintained in the future by CRT and will be enjoyed by a large and diverse range of canal users including walkers, cyclists, canoeists and boaters. The improvements ensure that the length of the canal in the landscape remains safe, open and accessible into the future and provides an excellent access route to other parts of the Trent Valley.