Farnborough International have asked that a small portion of the towpath between Eelmoor and Norris Bridges be closed during flying hours at this year’s Farnborough Airshow. This is as a result of new safety regulations introduced following the Shoreham Airshow crash last year restricting low level flying.
The towpath will be closed from a point just east of Eelmoor Bridge to a point just west of Norris Bridge as part of the Airshow perimeter during the hours of flying on 4 - 10 July (noon to approx. 4.30pm) and 11 - 17 July (noon to approx. 5.30pm). Please note that the neighbouring roads will also be closed during this time so there is no convenient alternative route for walkers to take.
The area will be secured by the Airshow’s security team and the safety regulations mean that no-one will be allowed in this area during the flying displays so you will not be able to moor a boat in this section or stand on the towpath to watch the flying display.
As a major event supporting the national economy Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke Canal Authority are happy to support Farnborough International so that they can comply with the new regulations brought into place following the CAA final report from their Civil Air Display Review.
A joint press release from Farnborough International and Hampshire County Council was issued in May and is on the Farnborough International website.
The Basingstoke Canal offers 32 miles of pleasant walking, jogging or cycling alongside one of the most beautiful canals in Britain. At the junction with the River Wey Navigation, you could continue north to Weybridge or south to Guildford alongside the River Wey.
We hope you will enjoy exploring the canal but we do ask that you follow the 'share the space, drop your pace’ ® code which promotes considerate sharing of the towpath by all users.
® Canal & River Trust
The six point code for the towpath is as follows:
Pedestrians have priority
Be courteousto others; be careful and slow down
Keep dogs under control and clean up after them
Cyclists and runners give way to pedestrians
All cyclists to dismount and give way at bridges
Pay attention and don't block the towpath
The towpath is ideal for family walks, runs, rides and picnics, but please remember that the water is cold and deep, so stay away from the edge.
These stations are all fairly near to the canal so you could plan a return journey by train.
Hook, Winchfield, Fleet, Aldershot, Ash, Ash Vale, North Camp, Brookwood, Woking and West Byfleet.
Weybridge and Guildford which serve the River Wey.