New path links Lincoln with Burton Waters

Builders used a canal barge to deliver materials via the waterway

A new three-mile footway and cycle route, linking Lincoln, Burton Waters and Saxibly, is being unveiled this week.

The commuter and leisure link runs along the flood bank of the Fossdyke from the Pyewipe public house to Odder near Saxilby.

Creating the new passageway faced a challenge in how to deliver materials to the workmen. The solution was found in an 18th century technique–using a canal barge to deliver materials via the waterway.

The path, before and after

Les Outram, Senior Project Leader, said: “We needed to get 3,500 tonnes of aggregate and over four miles of timber to the site.

“Our contractors Ringway managed to successfully arrange a system of using the Fossdyke canal via barges.

“This method of transportation was complex as we had to consider the effects on the local environment so we didn’t pollute the watercourse when loading, off loading and transporting the material.

“We’re now pleased to be opening this multi-use path, allowing walkers and cyclist a safe and pleasant route along the bank.”

Source: Lincolnshire County Council