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    From the Basingstoke Canal Facebook Page (thanks Nige)

    Navigation and towpath news!
    The contractors have now arrived on site at Dogmersfield to carryout the repairs to the landslip. They have set up their compound at Barley Mow Car Park, and instigated a towpath closure between Chatter Alley and Blacksmiths Bridge. There is a limited amount of public parking, but the slipway is now closed.
    The navigation will also close to all vessels in the next few days for the duration of the landslip works – this includes all canoes, rowing boats and small craft.
    The initial closure is, heading upstream, from the winding hole upstream of Blacksmiths Bridge to the winding hole just downstream of Barley Mow. This will be extended further upstream to Baseley’s Bridge for the duration of the repairs to Barley Mow Culvert which are expected to take place in February. Please note the last winding hole before Baseley’s bridge is at Colt Hill.
    If you need to be one side or other of this closure now is your last chance to move your boat!

    The reality is that the Barley Mow car park is half full of contractor containers/diggers/huts etc (beyond the logs, for those that know it). Launch still possible.
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    Barley Mow closure extended:

    https://www.facebook.com/basingstoke...type=3&theater

    "Navigation news - Barley Mow, Winchfield area - further navigation and towpath closure from Mon 6 March.
    Our contractors will be starting work on the Barley Mow culvert next week which means that an additional length of both the navigation and the towpath will be closed. We anticipate that the culvert repairs will take three weeks if everything goes to plan.
    NAVIGATION: the winding hole at Barley Mow will be closed from Monday until the culvert work is complete. NO BOATS, either powered or unpowered are allowed to enter any part of the Canal between Stacey’s Bridge and Blacksmiths Bridge. Last winding holes for larger boats are at Colt Hill to the west, or Blacksmith's Bridge to the east.
    TOWPATH: Walkers / cyclists please note that this work also requires a further area of towpath closure - the towpath will be closed between Barley Mow Bridge and Stacey’s Bridge for the culvert repairs. Walkers following the towpath and wishing to bypass the closed "Dogmersfield loop" section may wish to leave the towpath at Spratt's Hatch Bridge and use the public right of way (Bridleway 4 / Footpath 3 / Footpath 1 Dogmersfield) which leads directly to Blacksmith's Bridge."


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    more news:

    https://www.facebook.com/basingstoke...type=3&theater

    "Dogmersfield Landslip Works Update
    After detailed investigation by our contractors, we’ve found that the ground conditions at Tundry Hill cutting, Dogmersfield, are much more unstable than previously thought.
    The slopes need to be reinforced by piles with drilled ground anchors, which is a more complex technical solution than originally planned.
    Works are likely to last into early summer of 2017, but these repairs will help ensure the long-term future of this section of the canal and towpath.
    We apologise for any inconvenience, but the safety of canal users and local residents is paramount.

    Expected completion: June 2017

    TOWPATH: The towpath will REMAIN CLOSED until the end of the works as there will be heavy plant operating. An attractive alternative route exists for walkers following the towpath by using public paths/road passing Dogmersfield Church, or public paths across Dogmersfield Park.
    NAVIGATION: Boats will only be permitted to pass through the landslip site on Easter and May Day Bank Holiday weekends."

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    Thanks

    I think the section from the Barley Mow towards Odiham that's currently closed will re-open again shortly, but the "cutting" bit towards Tundry pond is clearly a long term issue. I'm not surprised, they cleared the slopes of trees (which kept falling over!), but this denuded the vegetation and possibly increased the erosion from rain...
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    https://www.facebook.com/basingstoke...08087255900326

    Navigation closure warning - Heath Vale Road Bridge area -12 & 13 April.
    We will be carrying out investigation works at Heath Vale Road Bridge in Ash Vale next week (Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th April.)
    This will involve draining part of the canal under the bridge meaning that there will be no navigation through this section on these days (for powered or unpowered boats.)
    The last winding hole heading upstream is at Great Bottom Flash and the last winding hole heading downstream is at Ash Wharf.
    Apologies for any inconvenience but hopefully these investigation works will make it clearer what our long term solution is going to be to fix the towpath under the bridge.
    The towpath remains closed between the Heath Vale Road Bridge and Ash Vale Station.

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    Whole canal seems to be falling apart recently!
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    Noooo........we simply can't have this!!!
    Wasn't this the staple route of Mal's blogging activity some time ago?
    To Canoe is to be moved!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Whole canal seems to be falling apart recently!
    Basingstoke Canal Authority are searching for a man in a green canoe who has worn out the navigation through over-use

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    Quote Originally Posted by aannddyyhh View Post
    Basingstoke Canal Authority are searching for a man in a green canoe who has worn out the navigation through over-use
    Its the speed of green canoes which causes so much wash that its taken out the embankments...
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    https://www.facebook.com/basingstoke...17980178244367

    The section west of the Barley Mow is now fully reopened.

    The section past the landslip is open over the Easter & May Day weekends.

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    my first venture down the re-opened section today & they don't seem to have done things by halves:





    this chap seems a bit lost though:


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    Yes, its quite a piece of work. I noticed the "Poole" boat when I went past on Thursday (I think it was).
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