|The ideal is shown here. The edge neatly trimmed, and looking attractive for both the boater and the towpath walker
|Now an example of how it should NOT look. Wildly overgrown, it not only looks a mess but is dangerous to moor to
There should be nothing which impedes a rope placed between the towpath and the water.
- Trees should not be allowed to take root on the verge at the water’s edge.
- This makes it impossible to bowhaul the boat, should it be necessary (butties in particular)
- They hamper the mowing of the edge
- They damage the wash wall by ingress of roots
- They deplete the water in the canal
|The towpath here is quite tidy, but the canalscape would benefit from these messy reeds being dredged out, and that obstructing tree cut down.
|Signs placed as this one on the Caldon Canal cause similar obstruction