The Claypits Local Nature Reserve – latest updates

Update 4th November 2019

As works on the Garscube Bridge progress, we will be closing the towpath from Firhill to Applecross from Monday 25th November to Sunday 15th December. This will allow works to be undertaken on the bridge foundations. Dates are subject to change; please keep up-to-date by bookmarking this page or visiting @scottishcanals on Twitter.

The below map shows the diversion route in place throughout the towpath closure period

Update 18th October 2019

As part of the ongoing works at Garscube Bridge, Panmure Gate and Firhill, we will be required to close the towpath for a period throughout the works, beginning in November 2019.

We will share exact dates of closure once these are known.

Download the latest plan for The Claypits

Update 10th October 2019

Due to ongoing works at Applecross Street, the car parking spaces directly adjacent to the stores building will be closed from Monday the 14th of October for approximately one week.

Update 24th September 2019

The piling rig for the  pontoons at Panmure Moorings will be mobilising 1st October, and similarly at Panmure Gate pathway on the 8th October. This work will affect both canal traffic and towpath access due to plant access requirements at Firhill. The ongoing piling will take place throughout October.

Update 22nd August 2019

Works on the new Garscube Bridge will begin on Monday 26th August. These works will impact both navigation on the canal and on the towpath during the following key dates:

  • Monday 26th August 2019 – duration of roughly two weeks – Channel realignment and silt removal at Firhill may produce materials and debris in the water which will be managed by Mackenzie Construction.
  • Thursday 29th August to 4th October 2019 –Disruption at Canal House, Applecross Street.  The ongoing drainage works will involve closing the east section of the Applecross car park on Thursday the 12th of August for two days. There will also be no access to the car park over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September. Similarly, the north west parking bays will not be available from the 23rd of September to the 4th of October. Please note that due to clashes with other works in the area, the works surrounding Canal House, Applecross have changed. These dates have been updated to reflect the current timescales.  
  • Monday 9th September until Sunday 15th September 2019 – Works start on the Garscube Bridge which will reduce the number of boats able to pass through this section of the canal. Please call the Boat Movements Line on 07810 794467 if you are planning to travel through this area during these dates.
  • Monday 16th September 2019 until March 2020 – Channel closure will disrupt navigation along the Forth & Clyde Canal between Firhill Basin and Applecross. Sea-to-sea navigation along the Lowlands will remain unaffected by this closure.


Main paths closure, 4th February 2019 – spring 2020

The main path in The Claypits (known as ‘The Yellow Brick Road’) will be closed from 4th February until spring 2020.

This closure is to allow a wide range of improvements to the area including: the construction of a new foot and cycle bridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal; new and improved pathways; new wildlife habitats; the creation of viewpoints; the installation of fishing pegs; improved drainage in the surrounding area; and new gateways at Panmure Street, Garscube Road, and Ellesmere Street.

An alternative route is available via the Applecross Street and Ellesmere Street footpaths during the construction works.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during the works and look forward to welcoming you to explore The Claypits.

This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available. You can also follow us on Twitter @ScottishCanals for updates.

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