The Claypits Local Nature Reserve – latest updates

Update 8th July 2020

Our teams are currently working on site at the Claypits site and Garscube Bridge, and expect that works will be completed to allow boat navigation in this area by the 20th of September.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused for both boaters and towpath users during the delay caused by these works. Following the three month delay caused by Covid-19 at the end of March, we appreciate your patience and understanding as our teams and third party construction partners work to find new ways of working safely.


Update 12th June 2020

Following Scottish Government phasing of lockdown easing, we are pleased to be able to restart works on the Claypits site and Garscube Bridge this month. The site will reopen on Thursday 18th June, with works commencing on Panmure Gate pontoon and path structure, as well as Garscube Bridge foundation works.

As part of the works, we will be required to once again close the towpath between Applecross Street and Firhill to allow for the construction and installation of Garscube Bridge. The closure will last approximately four weeks, with a diversion in place – we will share exact closure dates once confirmed.

Update 10th March 2020

Shortly our teams and constructors will be undertaking the felling of a tree which is within the canal infrastructure itself to ensure no damage is done to the waterway. These works will be supplemented by a programme of tree planting between Panmure Gate and Ellesmere spur which will see approximately 70 new trees planted.

Update 6th March 2020

Please note that the towpath between Applecross Street and Firhill will be closed from the 16th of March for approximately three weeks to accommodate works on the Garscube pedestrian bridge. A diversion will be in place for pedestrians and cyclist use as seen below.

Update 26th February 2020

Please note that the canal will remain closed to transits until the end of April 2020 due to ongoing works on the Garscube pedestrian bridge. While we have taken every effort to complete the project during the off-season, a delay has occurred due to poor weather conditions and engineering challenges related to the technical nature of the build.  Our contractors are working 7 days a week offsite to create the necessary components for installation

Towpath closures are also expected during this period, information about dates and diversions will be shared in due course.

Update 21st January 2020

Works have started on the concrete foundations to support the Garscube Bridge structure. There will be approximately 115m3 of concrete poured to form the 600mm thick continuous slab and it will be completed by close of play Tuesday 21st January 2020.

Update 15th January 2020

As part of the ongoing nature reserve improvement works Scottish Canals will be mobilising plant and machinery to operate in the canal around the Firhill Basin. Works are due to commence on Monday 3rd of February for 3-4 weeks and will be managed adjacent to the Firhill Road bridge. Some users of the tow path may experience some disruption during the works, however the towpath will remain open.

The current canal closure will also include the stretch up to and including the Firhill basin area during this time.

Update 20th November 2019

The towpath from Firhill to Applecross is now open, and the works on the Garscube pedestrian bridge are well underway. Take a look at the progress so far below.



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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