Canal Users

A waterway offers opportunities to many visitors who want to use this pleasant environment for their varied pursuits.

Where the H&G CT have usable lengths of restored Canal we actively encourage various groups and organisations to use the facilities.

Examples of Hereford and Gloucester Canal Users include the following – click on each image to find out more about them…

Disabled Users


   Canal Walks

  Bicycle Users

  Model Boats



Disabled Access

Wheelchair users have a number of places where it is possible to visit aspects of the H&GCT restoration.

  • Aylestone Park in Hereford, has a short section of the H&G Canal along its lower edge as well as a number of other accessible paths around the park.
  • Wheelchair visitors to Oxenhall can view the restored lock and cottage along the track from Winters Lane, just below the Church.
  • Over Basin is a very good location for wheelchairs with a wide hard towpath along one side of the basin and extending to the end of Vineyard Hill.
  • The Lock Keepers (formerly The Wharf House) at Over Basin has good wheelchair access.

Sailing 4 Disabled

Sailing4Disabled meets every Tuesday at Over Canal Basin from 11.00 to 14.00.  It is open to everyone – whether they have a disability or not.

The groups run a number of craft on the Over Basin including Kata-canoes and a wheelchair-friendly Wheelieboat.

Full assistance is provided to all to enjoy the water experience including lifejackets.

If you are interested in joining them Pete (Long John Silver) Bisson and his experienced team will be pleased to welcome you aboard.

Contact them on 07913 015018 or email

Discover Paddling

Paddle boarding at Over.

After launching a paddle boarding scheme in Gloucester Docks, Discover Paddling approached the Trust, and an agreement for them to operate on the more protected water at Over Basin was quickly reached.

Discover Paddling is a family friendly paddlesport provider, offering kayaking and paddleboarding experiences to individuals, groups and families. They have a couple of group paddle boards that can fit up to a family of 4, along with double kayaks, perfect for young families to discover the waterway.

All groups are led by a qualified instructor and offer games, challenges and skills to increase confidence on the water and enjoy the paddling experience away from mobile phones and tablets.

Mike and his wife Grace started Discover Paddling in 2016 along side their day jobs. They have recently moved to Cheltenham from Bristol. Grace works in the Centre of Cheltenham as an audiologist and Mike works from home.
From the age of 5 Mike discovered his love of adventure and paddling. After years of committed training, he was selected to proudly represent Great Britain for 5 consecutive years. Following a BSc in Sports Science and winning Sportsman of the year at Loughborough University, Mike became a Canoeing Development Officer for British Canoeing to promote paddlesport in the South West.

Grace discovered kayaking in 2012 at Bristol University. Suffering from a ruptured cruciate ligament, paddlesport became her new passion replacing her previous hobbies; skydiving and netball. Grace has since enjoyed paddling all over Europe and loves nothing more than giving everyone the best paddling experience.

They are looking forward to sharing the beautiful waterway at Over with family groups on Saturdays only.

Feel free to check out their website at

Canal Walks

A series of walks leaflets are available covering parts of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal through the two counties.

The series is proving very popular with both local people and visitors to the area.  Each walk is illustrated with photos of points of interest and a clear map of the route.

A set of all the leaflets is available in return for four second class stamps and an SAE sent to 18 Coningsby Court, Coningsby Street, Hereford HR1 2DF, or alternatively, can be purchased online via our Paypal portal for £3.00 by clicking this link…


There are a number of places where the restoration work can be viewed by the public at places like Aylestone Park, Yarkhill, Dymock, Oxenhall, Newent, Over Basin, Vineyard Hill and Llanthony Lock.

It should not be assumed that Public Rights of Way exist on all of our sites.

We work in co-operation of land owners and their neighbours – please help us to maintain good relations with them.

More on Canal Walks…

Canal Walk Leaflets Updated

Over the past twelve months the six existing Canal Walk leaflets have been updated, and can now be purchased online ...
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Over Basin Walk & Cycle Leaflet

The H&G CT Canal Walk leaflets are proving very popular with members and each includes part of the route of our Canal ...
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Hereford and Gloucester Canal Walks

Hereford and Gloucester Canal Walks A series of walks leaflets are available covering parts of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal ...
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As there are only short lengths of Canal restored at present it not possible to cycle from city to city on a towpath, but it is possible to visit sections by bicycle.

Aylestone Park in Hereford has a short section of the H&G Canal along its lower edge as well as a number of other accessible cycle paths around the park.

National Cycle Network routes 42 and 45 can be used to reach Over Basin and three picturesque routes by foot or bicycle take visitors to Over Basin and The Wharf House from Highnam, Maisemore & Gloucester Docks. Over Basin has a wide hard towpath along one side of the basin and extending half a mile to the end of Vineyard Hill.

The Newent Loop is a 28 mile leisure cycling route that takes in aspects of the H&G Canal at Newent and Oxenhall.

More opportunities for cycling along the canal will arise as restoration progresses.

As detailed above, a selection of leaflets detailing suggested walks on along the canal are available from H&GCT.

Gloucester & District Model Boat Club


The Hereford to Gloucester Canal is steeped in history of our industrial past. Although much of the canal has been filled in and in places has disappeared without trace, a surprising number of lock cottages, wharf buildings and bridges remain to be seen.

Click on this link to see A Brief History of the Hereford and Gloucester Canal…

Rescued from Obscurity – the continuing story of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal.

David Bick, writing in 1979, described the Hereford and Gloucester Canal as being more ‘lost in obscurity’ than any other major navigation in England.

This book tells how much has changed in the last 35 years. This waterway, running through some of the most beautiful countryside in England is now the subject of one of the leading canal restoration projects in Britain spear-headed by the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Trust.

In this richly illustrated book a former Chairman of the Trust tells the story of the building and operation of the canal, not as a textbook of industrial archaeology but as a narrative drawing on the words of those involved with the Navigation Company itself or watching from the side-lines.

In the second half of the book Dick Skeet describes how the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Society and later the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Trust has set about the enormous task of restoring the 34 miles of this historic canal, reconnecting two ancient Cathedral Cities.

200 page paperback, over 200 illustrations and photographs
Price £10 + £2 P&P.

Buy now using Paypal or your credit/debit card by clicking below.


As much of the line of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal is yet to be bought into water, fishing permits are confined to Over Basin.

A permit is available to a limited number of anglers at this location.

Fishing is not permitted at H&GCT sites without a permit.

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