Part of Derry to Strabane canal set to open in weeks

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Part of a 300 year old waterway linking Strabane and Derry is to open this summer, it has been confirmed.

Strabane District Council this morning announced the ‘tow path’ at Ballymagorry - part of the Derry to Strabane canal that close some 50 years ago - will open in June.

The chairperson of Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian McMahon, explained: “ It will help develop this outdoor amenity to its full potential. Strabane District Council recognise that the Canal project will significantly add to our package of outdoor recreation areas and increase the tourism potential of this area.”

“Strabane District Council has decided to open the tow path initially for the summer season in response to the increasing public demand for access. This restoration project is still not complete, but we hope that by opening an aspect of it, local people will be able to witness the improvements to the site as this important outdoor amenity develops.”

Funding of €408K, secured from the Special European Union Programmes Body, will create canoe access ramps, providing the opportunity for a canoe trail on the Foyle, a walking trail around the surrounding wetlands area, biodiversity and ecological information signage, a car park and fencing.