When completed, H&G Canal will rank as one of the most attractive cruising routes in the country.
But the Canal is not just being restored for boaters, as most visitors to canals are not boaters, but people who come on foot, just to enjoy towpath activities and be near a beautiful and peaceful waterway.
- Passing through unspoiled countryside, the H&G Canal and associated canal-side developments encourage visitors to the area, as well as supporting the local community and economy.
- The canal provides a natural habitat for a diverse variety of wildlife and flora for all to enjoy.
- Historians can step back in time to when the canal was a commercial route.
- Engineers, architects and those interested in the industrial archeology of the canal study the design of both the canal remains and the newly restored structures.
- Cyclists, anglers and walkers all come to enjoy the Canal.
- Visitors can enjoy a meal or snack at one of our waterside establishments.
- The canal will become an excellent waterway for all types of craft to travel between two historic cities.
Visiting for the first time?
The Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust is restoring the Canal for the whole community to share. Even though the restoration has a long way to go before it is complete, there are places along the original line of the Canal where visitors can enjoy its beauty and facilities.
Restoration work on the canal has been in progress over many years, firstly through the efforts of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Society, and then later by the current Trust.
From Hereford to Gloucester, work has taken place, or is currently n progress, at Aylestone Park Hereford, Kymin East, Yarkhill, Monkhide, Dymock, Oxenhall, Newent, Malswick, Moat Farm, Vineyard Hill, Over and Llanthony Lock on the banks of the Severn – see a map of the canal.
Some of our restored sites are open to the public every day – including Over Basin near Gloucester, Oxenhall Towpath, Dymock Pool and Aylestone Park in Hereford.
The Canal offers a great habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna – see our Nature Watch page.
At Over Basin there are a number of groups who regularly use the basin for their activities like Gloucester Model Boat Club and Sailing4Disabled – see our Canal Users page
There is a series of leaflets describing short walks at various locations on the canal – available via this website.
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