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    Making more use of waterway paths and their surrounding corridors November 2010 73

    Case studies

    Some examples of waterway path projects, demonstrating the wide range of aims, approaches andoutcomes, are listed in Table 23. Selected Case Studies that have been researched in more detail areindicated by yellow shading.

    Table 23 Case studies - brief summaries

    No. Case studyWaterway andregion Key features of the project

    1 Thames PathNational Trail

    River Thames

    South East

    It is a national trail

    Visitor survey data are available

    A cycling policy has been developed

    Demonstrates approaches to funding and management

    Good practice guide for development plan policy hasbeen prepared

    2 Weaver Way ShropshireUnion Canaland RiverWeaver

    North West

    It is an example of a multi-user route

    Developed via partnership working

    3 Kennet andAvon

    Kennet andAvon Canal

    South West

    It is run as a charitable trust

    Involved significant restoration of a semi-derelict canal

    Developed via partnership working Europes longest disabled access route

    Accessed heritage lottery funding

    4 LincolnshireWaterwaysPartnership

    Witham

    East Midlands

    Successful track record in developing waterway paths

    Developed via partnership working

    Water Rail Way multi-user route with artworks

    Integrated development plan for both paths andwaterways themselves

    5 Falkirk wheeland millenniumlink

    Forth & ClydeCanal andUnion Canal

    Scotland

    Major attraction/destination

    Educational resource

    Major boost to the image of Falkirk

    6 WarwickParkway to

    Grand UnionCanal

    It involved upgrading of a path for multi-use

    Has commuting potential (including links between

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    No. Case studyWaterway andregion Key features of the project

    8 Montgomery

    Canal cyclepath

    Montgomery

    CanalWales

    Used for commuting and by recreational users

    including tourists

    Multi-user path

    High nature conservation interest (SAC HabitatsRegulations issues)

    9 LeicesterRiversideProjectDevelopment

    River Soar andGrand UnionCanal

    East Midlands

    Focus for regeneration within urban area

    Connects different areas of the city

    Users include cyclists and walkers, with separate pathsfor each along much of the riverside

    Riverside rangers are used to patrol the riverbank

    10 Erewash CanalAccess StrategyandDevelopmentPlan

    Erewash Canal

    East Midlands

    Series of discreet access projects together forming amasterplan

    EMDA sponsorship

    Deprived areas ex coal mining villages

    11 Lee RegionalPark

    Lee Navigation

    London

    Predominately urban waterway

    London Boroughs and TfL support and good pubic

    transport links Serves deprived areas

    Olympics legacy

    Multi-use path

    Commuting route

    12 Oxford CanalWalks

    Oxford Canal

    South East

    Developed through partnership involving localwaterway business and local train operating company

    Well publicised by signs and leaflets

    Valley of VisionLandscapePartnershipscheme

    River Medway

    South East

    Visitor count and survey data are available

    Developed via a partnership approach - joint working withthe Environment Agency, county council, AONB etc

    Aims to create better links and plug gaps in existing PROWprovision

    It has utilised heritage lottery funding

    Somerset Space

    Walk

    Bridgwater &

    Taunton CanalSouth West

    Artworks representing a scale model of the sun and planets

    of the solar system distributed at scale distances along thetowpath

    Partnership working

    Much of towpath is national cycle route 3 but this is divertedto minor roads to allow walkers and anglers priority on somesections

    Maidstone River Medway Provides free access to the river

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    No. Case studyWaterway andregion Key features of the project

    Newport to

    Cwmbran Canal

    Monmouthshire

    CanalWales

    Involved improvement to the quality of the environment

    Included the restoration of locks

    Partnership created for the project

    Visitor numbers have increased

    Goole section ofthe Aire andCalderNavigation

    Aire & CalderNavigation

    Yorkshire andThe Humber

    Development of a Nature trail

    Work with excluded groups of the community (e.g. peopleexcluded from schools) through the Sobriety Project basedat the Yorkshire Waterways Museum (see IWAC reportUsing Inland Waterways to Combat the Effects of Social

    Exclusion)

    Improvements were volunteer-led

    Great Glen WayInitiative

    CaledonianCanal

    Scotland

    Long distance recreational route in a tourist area

    Example of a waterway paths serviced by wardening whoprovide advice to walks and guided walks

    Wardens also inspect routes and provide education andcountryside interpretation

    Working with communities

    River NeneRegional Park

    River Nene

    East Midlands

    Delivery of Green Infrastructure

    Partnership working

    Lifewalks Harlow River Stort

    East of England

    Waterway walks promoted as part of a health and wellbeinginitiative

    PembrokeshireGreenways

    Milford Haven/Daugleddau

    Wales

    Provides integrated public transport opportunities

    Establishes a network of high quality routes and trails linkedto public transport in south Pembrokeshire

    Rural tourism focus with links to tourism strategy

    Has been developed by the use of partnerships

    Promotes access-for-all by environmentally sustainablemeans

    Foxton LocksMasterplan

    Grand UnionCanal

    East Midlands

    Masterplan for honeypot visitor site including improvedaccess and visitor attractions

    Pride in ourpromenades

    Mersey

    North West

    Liverpool waterfront project - example involving urban citycentre and large waterway

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    76 Making more use of waterway paths and their surrounding corridors November 2010

    Case study 1 Thames Path National Trail

    Description of path

    The Thames Path is one of 15 National Trails(long distance routes) that exist in England andWales. As its name suggests, the Trail, for themost part, follows the River Thames, the secondlongest river in Great Britain and one of the bestknown rivers.

    The Trail is 296km/184 miles long and was

    opened in 1996. It runs from the rivers sourcenear Cricklade in Gloucestershire through centralLondon to the Thames Barrier.

    Places of interest along the route include Oxford,Windsor Castle, Hampton Court and London.Within London the path passes through many

    i t f i t t i l di b f W ld

    Developing the project

    Promotion- Natural England (through its nationaltrails unit), Environment Agency and the localauthorities through which the trail passes (over 20in number) are involved in promoting the route.

    Design Removal of stiles and the provision ofsignage (including signage from railway stationsalong its route) has made the route accessible to

    more people.

    Connections/links The Trail connects with 15other long distance promoted paths. Links topublic transport options are highlighted byappropriate signage on the route. Sections of thepath between different railway stations are

    t d th N ti l T il b it

    Gloucester

    London

    Oxford

    Inverness

    FortWilliam Perth

    Alloa

    Glasgow

    Newport

    LancasterYork

    Hull

    Rotherham

    Leeds

    Wakefield

    ManchesterWarrington

    NottinghamBoston

    Fosdyke

    Wisbech

    KingsLynn

    Norwich

    Worcester

    Gloucester

    Bristol

    Dunball Southampton

    Exeter

    Briton Ferry

    Ipswich

    Maidstone

    London

    Colchester

    Mistley

    Maldon

    Barnstaple

    Bideford

    PlymouthTotnes

    Truro

    Preston

    Birmingham

    Goole

    Newcastle

    Oxford

    Edinburgh

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    Managing potential conflicts Potentialconflicts between walkers and cyclists has beenaddressed through the Thames Path CyclingPolicy.

    Around 30% of users on foot complained aboutcyclists especially in London

    Funding Generally up to 75% of the moneyneeded to keep the Thames Path in goodcondition comes from Natural England and theother 25% from the highway authorities and theEnvironment Agency. Opportunities are also

    taken to find funding for specific projects from arange of partners and grant aid bodies.

    ManagementA National Trails ManagementGroup composed of representatives of thehighway authorities through whose area the Trailpasses (22 of them), Natural England, theEnvironment Agency and Tourism South Eastmanages the Thames Path. The ManagementGroup publishes a Thames Path ManagementStrategy to direct the management of the Trail forfive years at a time.

    Marketing The Thames Path is marketed asone of Englands national trails with a dedicatedwebsitehttp://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thamespath/index.asp?PageId=1. It is also marketed through theRiver Thames Alliance Marketing Partnership.

    Success The Thames