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canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do/walking

Category:Across the UK
Visits to the Website1077
Overview

'Canals and rivers offer accessible walking routes at all times of year. Aside from lock flights, your path is level and there’s little chance of getting lost! The unfolding scenery of a canal-side stroll also takes some beating. Where else could you find such a mix of wildlife, architecture, countryside and of course, the thing that brings it all to life, narrowboats.'

Walks described here by
See also

Canal Routes [Peter Hardcastle] | Better Towpaths for Everyone [Canal & River Trust]

Country/Region
Views of 'Full' Record1380

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/ashton-canal

Category:Tameside
Visits to the Website345
Distance (miles)7
Starting fromJunction Rochdale Canal, Manchester Piccadilly
Overview

'A green link from the city centre to Ashton-under-Lyne, bordered by an interesting mix of modern and industrial architecture. Improvements to the towpath have made it into a pleasant route, accessible to walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.'

Walks described here by
See also

Nature Trail [Ancoats Canal Project] | The Ashton Canal [Pennine Waterways] | Portland Basin Museum

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record748

canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do/routes/a-country-walk-at-blue-lias-warwickshir...

Visits to the Website500
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromThe Blue Lias Inn, Stockton
Overview

'Walk around Stockton Locks. The route follows the canal towpath and crosses nearby fields. There are a number of sights to be seen on the way, including the Locks, Napton Hill (from where seven counties can be seen on a clear day), the 12th-century St Michael's Church and the beautiful Stockton Reservoir.'

Note from the Canal & River Trust: 'We’ve previously hosted the details of a number of different walking and cycling routes. However, when we looked at them closely we weren’t convinced that all of our routes were completely accurate. We don’t want you to get lost trying to follow one of our routes and so we have removed them for now. We would like to add them back onto our website for everyone to enjoy. If you think you could spare the time to go and check one of our old routes, make sure the distance is correct and fill us in on the best parking spots and transport links then please email us ... In the meantime you can find some great canal and river walking routes at iFootpath ...'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record2124

canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/1182.pdf

Category:West Wiltshire
Visits to the Website715
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromBradford-On-Avon
Overview

'This deservedly popular route takes you over two aqueducts and past the Claverton Pumping Station.'

Walks described here by
Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1074

canalrivertrust.org.uk/burnley-trail

Category:Burnley
Visits to the Website317
Distance (miles)4
Starting fromGannow Tunnel
Overview

'Built during the golden age of canal construction, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal was to be the longest in Britain. As it weaved its way north it diverted towards Burnley to connect with the expanding coalmines in the town and influenced an industrial boom ... Our trail follows a 5 – 6km section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. There are 10 stop points, each marked with a QR code.'

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Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record581

canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network/calder-and-he...

Category:Towpath Walks
Visits to the Website368
Distance (miles)22
Starting fromAire and Calder Navigation
Overview

'The navigation, which is part-canal and part-river, connects the Yorkshire and Pennine canals, and provides easy access for walking in the Pennines. Canal enthusiasts will appreciate the unusual waterways architecture, including quirky lever-operated locks.'

Walks described here by
See also

Calder and Hebble Navigation [Wikipedia] | Calder & Hebble Navigation [Milestone Society] (7 miles) | Rotary Navigation Walk

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record959

canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do/routes/clifton-and-adderbury

Category:Cherwell
Visits to the Website407
Distance (miles)9
Starting fromKing's Sutton Railway Station
Overview

'This is one of a series of walks devised by the Cherwell (Banbury) Group of the Ramblers' Association. They cover the middle and lower reaches of the relatively narrow Cherwell Valley, through which canal and railway interweave their way between Oxford and Banbury ...'

Note from the Canal & River Trust: 'We’ve previously hosted the details of a number of different walking and cycling routes. However, when we looked at them closely we weren’t convinced that all of our routes were completely accurate. We don’t want you to get lost trying to follow one of our routes and so we have removed them for now. We would like to add them back onto our website for everyone to enjoy. If you think you could spare the time to go and check one of our old routes, make sure the distance is correct and fill us in on the best parking spots and transport links then please email us ... In the meantime you can find some great canal and river walking routes at iFootpath ...'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1271

canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do/routes/droitwich-to-worcester-and-the-severn

Category:Wychavon
Visits to the Website712
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromDroitwich Spa
Overview

'A rewarding and varied walk following Britain's longest river and one of its earliest canals. This walk takes in almost the entire length of the Droitwich Barge Canal, one of canal pioneer James Brindley's earliest works. It then follows the mighty River Severn on its way into Worcester, approaching the city on the little-walked east bank.'

Note from the Canal & River Trust: 'We’ve previously hosted the details of a number of different walking and cycling routes. However, when we looked at them closely we weren’t convinced that all of our routes were completely accurate. We don’t want you to get lost trying to follow one of our routes and so we have removed them for now. We would like to add them back onto our website for everyone to enjoy. If you think you could spare the time to go and check one of our old routes, make sure the distance is correct and fill us in on the best parking spots and transport links then please email us ... In the meantime you can find some great canal and river walking routes at iFootpath ...'

Walks described here by
Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1121

canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/destination/79/fradley-junction

Navigate the Website>>> Download Map
Visits to the Website1007
Starting fromFradley Junction
Overview

'Fradley Junction is where the Coventry Canal joins the Trent & Mersey Canal. It's one of the busiest places on the waterways, where canals, boats and people meet.'

Walks described here by
See also

Fradley Walks [Visit Lichfield] (PDF)

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record4790

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/lancaster-canal

Category:Lancashire
Visits to the Website215
Distance (miles)41
Starting fromAqueduct Street
Overview

'Linking Preston to Kendal, the Lancaster Canal is one of the country’s few coastal canals. Built along the natural lie of the land it offers 41 miles of lock free cruising - the longest stretch in the country. As the canal is naturally level, it also lends itself to gentle walking and cycling as well as canoeing and other outdoor pursuits.'

Walks described here by
See also

Lancaster Canal [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes] | Lancaster Canal Trust

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record419

canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do/routes/little-venice-to-camden-circular-walk

Category:Camden
Visits to the Website529
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromWarwick Avenue Underground Station
Overview

'This walk starts and finishes at the picturesque Little Venice and takes you through the beautiful green corridor of The Regent's Canal, Primrose Hill and St John's Wood ...'

Note from the Canal & River Trust: 'We’ve previously hosted the details of a number of different walking and cycling routes. However, when we looked at them closely we weren’t convinced that all of our routes were completely accurate. We don’t want you to get lost trying to follow one of our routes and so we have removed them for now. We would like to add them back onto our website for everyone to enjoy. If you think you could spare the time to go and check one of our old routes, make sure the distance is correct and fill us in on the best parking spots and transport links then please email us ... In the meantime you can find some great canal and river walking routes at iFootpath ...'

Walks described here by
See also

Regents Canal [Annierak]

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record970

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/llangollen-canal

Visits to the Website419
Distance (miles)46
Starting fromHurleston Junction
Overview

'The dizzying Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which carries the canal over the River Dee, is a must-see. This remarkable feat of canal engineering is 125 feet high, and the canal is unprotected on one side, giving the impression of a sheer drop from a narrowboat. The structure is deservedly a World Heritage Site ...'

Walks described here by
See also

Llangollen Canal [Canal Guide] | Llangollen Canal [Wikipedia] | Shropshire Union - Llangollen Canal [Jim Shead]

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record879

www.jim-shead.com/waterways/WW-List.php

Category:Brecknockshire
Navigate the Website>>> Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
Visits to the Website502
Distance (miles)35
Starting fromBrecon
Overview

'Also called the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal, it runs 42 miles from Brecon to Newport, Gwent. The first 35 miles are navigable.'

Walks described here by
Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record988

www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/montgomerycanal.html

Category:Montgomeryshire
Visits to the Website438
Distance (miles)35
Starting fromFrankton Junction
Overview

'Walking or cycling along the towpath is an excellent way to experience the peace and tranquility of this rural canal. This is also a popular canal for canoeing – paddling quietly through peaceful green surroundings is a great way to spot wildlife.'

Walks described here by
See also

Montgomery Canal [Canal & River Trust] | Montgomery Canal [Wikipedia]

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1158

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/oxford-canal

Visits to the Website550
Distance (miles)83
Starting fromHawkesbury Junction
Overview

The Oxford Canal is 'a long-distance route, following the towpath for 77 miles from Oxford to Hawkesbury. The gentle engineering of the canal, with few lock flights, means that the walking is always easy, and the scenery is stunning'. The Walk itself can (also) begin 'near Hawkesbury Village at Hawkesbury Junction, also known as Sutton Stop, where it connects with the Coventry Canal, four miles from the centre of Coventry'.

Walks described here by
See also

Oxford Canal [Canal Guide]

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1016

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/peak-forest-canal

Category:Towpath Walks
Visits to the Website403
Distance (miles)15
Starting fromPortland Basin, Ashton-Under-Lyne
Overview

'The Canal is in two distinct parts. The upper section, one of the highest summits in the country, runs along the valley of the River Goyt and the lower along that of the River Tame. Separating the two is Benjamin Outram's splendid stone Marple Aqueduct together with its slightly higher railway viaduct neighbour running parallel. At Marple Junction the Macclesfield Canal, 30 years junior to the Peak Forest line, is encountered. Between the junction and the aqueduct is the magnificent flight of 16 locks rising over 210 feet (64m).'

Walks described here by
Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record845

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/rochdale-canal

Category:Rochdale
Visits to the Website555
Distance (miles)33
Starting fromNew Islington
Overview

'For boaters, this Canal is a peaceful place to escape the crowds. The towpath is probably the easiest walking route through the Pennines, taking you into the heart of the hills at a relatively gentle gradient. However, there is also plenty of access to more challenging routes for serious hiking.'

Walks described here by
See also

Rochdale Canal [Canal Guide] | My Rochdale Canal

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1285

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/stratford-upon-avon-canal

Visits to the Website563
Distance (miles)26
Starting fromKing's Norton
Overview

'The canal is usually considered as a northern and a southern section. The Northern Stratford starts at Kings Norton Junction, with its guillotine-gated stop-lock that prevented water loss from one company's line to the other.  It continues on the same level for ten miles then descends by 19 locks to Kingswood Junction, where there is a link to the Warwick & Birmingham Canal (now the Grand Union Canal). The South Stratford is memorable for its split bridges, built with a gap to allow the tow ropes of the boat horses to pass through, and its unique barrel-roofed lock cottages.'

Walks described here by
Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record820

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/tame-valley-canal

Category:Sandwell
Visits to the Website356
Distance (miles)9
Starting fromTame Valley Junction, Wednesbury
Overview

'The Tame Valley Canal is a secret, secluded world, largely hidden from its built-up surroundings by high embankments and deep cuttings. The towpaths are open to walkers, cyclists and anglers, making it the perfect urban escape.'

Walks described here by
See also

Tame Valley Canal & Rushall Canal [Canal Routes]

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record758

canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/trent-mersey-canal

Category:Halton
Visits to the Website575
Distance (miles)95
Starting fromRuncorn
Overview

'The canal takes you through some of the best scenes that our waterways have to offer, from the towering Anderton Boat Lift through to the nature reserve at picturesque Fradley Junction and the heritage-rich industrial sites of Stoke-on-Trent's potteries district ... The towpath creates a green corridor through Stoke-on-Trent, as well as offering a cycling and walking route through rural Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire.'

Walks described here by
See also

Trent and Mersey Canal [Wikipedia] | Walking the Trent & Mersey - End to End [John Merrill Walk Guides]

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1119

canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/1873.pdf

Category:Sandwell
Visits to the Website536
Starting fromAround and About
Overview

'Explore a wealth of history while walking and cycling around Sandwell. Discover its historic canals and see some fascinating reminders of the area's industrial past.'

Walks described here by
Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record705

canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/1874.pdf

Category:Walsall
Visits to the Website608
Starting fromAround and About
Overview

'Spend the day walking and cycling around Walsall and you will be surprised by what you discover. There is something for everyone - from art galleries to parks, gardens and lakes.'

Walks described here by
See also

Walsall Canal

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1065

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