Towpath upgrade celebrated

Rufford Celebrations Mike Poloway, Canal and River Trust. "Lord and Lady Heketh" from nearby Ruffor

Rufford Celebrations Mike Poloway, Canal and River Trust. "Lord and Lady Heketh" from nearby Rufford Old Hall, examining the improved towpath on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. 2 June 2015. - Credit: Archant

Celebrations were had at the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to recognise the recent towpath upgrade

To mark the completion of a £197,000 towpath upgrade on the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, ‘Lord and Lady Hesketh’ were on hand in full Tudor costume to welcome visitors.

The improvements, funded by local authorities, have created a better quality walking and cycling route between Rufford railway station and the Grade 1 listed Rufford Old Hall. Until it was given to the National Trust in 1936, the hall had been the family seat of the Heskeths for 400 years – and it is reputed to still be haunted by a one of them.

This was just one of several recently completed towpath upgrade projects which also include a mile of the Montgomery Canal near Carrefhoga; half a mile of the Grand Union towpath through Berkhamsted; and the final length of the River Weaver all-weather towpath from Winsford to Northwich. Meanwhile elsewhere on the Leeds & Liverpool, the upgraded towpath cycling and walking route from Leeds to Bingley has been shortlisted by SusTrans in a vote for the most popular short cycling route.

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