Maida Hill tunnel open to canoes for trial period

Maida Hill tunnel open to canoes for trial period until March 2017. Previously the tunnel has been listed as one of those which canoes, kayaks etc have been banned from. The entire CRT page on the matter is published below: Here’s a link to the CRT page if anyone wants a gander at the real thing 🙂

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Canal towpath shut more than a year

Update on the Lisson Grove towpath closure. Was closed for towpath works – quite common, this occurs every few years or so when maintenance work is conducted on the power cables that lie beneath the towpath. This was supposed to reopen in October 2014. Never did. The date was revised to July 2015. A new notice that month (shown below) […]

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This towpath shall never open!

Will it or won’t it? Lisson Grove towpath stays shut Nov 2015 The long, drawn, still ongoing saga of the Lisson Grove towpath is still with us. Canal & River Trust informed the world it would be open on October 27th. CRT’s blog informing Lisson Grove towpath would be finished by 27th Since then, nowt. Towpath remains shut. No sign […]

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That pesky ‘bridge’ at Lisson Grove!

Is a canal tunnel a bridge or not? It seems so, according to Canal & River Trust. Ever since the British Waterways Board and its successors have run London’s canals, they have claimed there are just two tunnels on the city’s entire system. Despite this error being pointed out oft times in the past, Lisson Grove continues to be randomly […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 2

We begin this section with a quote from London Canals’ 2006 report: Why is there a problem at Maida Hill & Lisson Grove? “Until the 1980’s there never used to be such major restrictons pertaining to the towpath in question. British Waterways’ proposals for a major waterborne light and sound show in 1989 meant that large numbers of boats moored […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’

The subject of this 1st blog post is towpath accessibility – which seems appropriate as my life now focuses on disability rights & access. This issue of accessibility along the ‘substituted towpath’ section between Little Venice and Lisson Grove etc has been discussed in the past and was in fact the subject of a survey conducted by London Canals in […]

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Penny Bridge, Little Tunnel & Frog Lane

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke End of canal at Penny Bridge – and just a few hundred yards beyond this point is Little Tunnel This is the end of the Basingstoke Canal, as we know it, at Penny (or Penney) Bridge, although there is no such bridge now. From here to Basingstoke is about […]

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From Greywell tunnel to Brick Kiln Bridge

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke The narrows where the tunnel portal originally stood. This end of the tunnel has disappeared by about 25 yards Two views of the portal at Greywell tunnel The canal bed is pretty evident west of the tunnel, sometimes in water and sometimes dry. This large tree has fallen across […]

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The 5 miles beyond Greywell to Basingstoke

The lost section from Greywell to Basingstoke The Basingstoke Canal’s lost section officially begins at Penny Bridge where the jurdiscion of the Canal Authority ends. Since the section of canal from Greywell westwards is in no way navigable, we begin the ‘lost section’ at Greywell itself. No boats have been through the tunnel since 1913, and although the tunnel collapsed […]

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