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Basingstoke Canal Authority – Canal Towpath Use.

Basingstoke Canal Authority – Canal Towpath Use.

The Basingstoke Canal Authority have issued the following with regard to the usage of the canal Towpath;

Please see below for our latest position on use of the canal towpath at this time. For your information I have also attached the poster which you will see going up along the canal over the next few days.

Under present conditions we are encouraging people to limit their use of the towpath. The Basingstoke Canal remains open and available for walkers – it’s a form of access land, which like rights of way the Government is not giving us powers to close. With hundreds of entry points it is not practical to close the towpath.

We will be installing additional signage to encourage people to follow Government guidance on staying at home and social distancing. However, this requires people to act responsibly – if it’s too busy please take your exercise elsewhere.

At the (Easter) weekend, we saw hundreds of people using the towpath, and at that level of use it’s very difficult to keep your distance, especially if you are cycling or running. Unfortunately, if use of the towpath doesn’t reduce, we may have to temporarily withdraw the permission for cycling on the towpath to relieve pressure on this popular area.

You are respectfully requested to:

·     run or cycle elsewhere at this time

·     not stop, picnic or sunbathe

·      give other walkers respect and keep your distance

·      consider walking elsewhere on other local paths

A reminder that no-one should be fishing or angling on the Canal.  Firstly, it doesn’t fit the Government’s advice as your once a day exercise, and secondly, because it is still closed season until 15 June.

Fiona Shipp
Canal Manager
Basingstoke Canal Authority