The Claypits Local Nature Reserve – latest updates

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 – autumn 2019

The main path in The Claypits (known as ‘The Yellow Brick Road’) will be closed from 4th February until autumn 2019.

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.

Download the latest plan for The Claypits

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

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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