Section 4: north of A606 Burley Park Way
The former canal line continues immediately to the north of the A606 Burley Park Way. At the southern end, the canal is largely derelict. Further north the canal is infilled with a large hedgerow to the former western bank.
Here, with the permission of the landowner, we hope to formalise and improve the footpaths, and secure access to the canal bed and adjacent woodland. Informal routes would be encouraged though an improved and maintained woodland and, where possible and practical, footpaths would allow increased accessibility.
There are opportunities for the creation of an accessible wetland habitat with the potential for pond dipping. At the northern end, the footpath would emerge from the woodland with the existing open field to the west and the hedgerow to the east.
Section 5: south of Burley Road
To the south of Burley Road, the canal is preserved much in its original condition, with a wide body of water and a public right of way along the original towpath close to the water’s edge. This section has been leased to the Oakham Angling Society for many years. The Society have recently made significant improvements to the footpath surface and have undertaken several environmental projects.
Section 6: Burley Road to Ashwell Road
North of Burley Road, the canal continues much as described above although the canal and adjacent footpath have suffered from a lack of maintenance.
Working with the Angling Society, we envisage the creation of an additional angling facility with facilities for the disabled. The works require significant improvements to the footpath and access, and we are working with Rutland County Council to look at ways that this can be best achieved. Car parking could be provided at the adjacent Oakham Enterprise Park.
We are also working with the landowner and tenant farmer to secure formal permissive access to the footpath routes to the western banks of the canal. We hope to be able to improve footpath surfaces and accessibility.