Towpath Walks60 listings

Hide map

'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]

Visits to the Website1772
Views of 'Full' Record2334

'In this comprehensive guide to waterway pubs, you will find: Pubs that are canal or riverside or a short walk within the waterway corridor; Pubs on waterway cruising rings; Many pubs included that are not shown in other canal and waterway pub guides; A developing photo reference of every pub; Pubs that are on or near waterways abandoned or under restoration.'

Visits to the Website1052
Views of 'Full' Record1201

'Almost every British canal, whether navigable, derelict or under restoration is described here. Many river navigations (including all of the Norfolk Broads waterways) are also included.Each waterway also has a detailed description of its route. Where possible, we have included up to date instructions on where to find interesting features along the waterway. Brief descriptions on how to reach these features are often included.' ALERT Website Links not accessible at Review.

Description from

Peter Hardcastle |

Visits to the Website639
Views of 'Full' Record1580

'Offer a range of self guided walking holidays which follow the beautiful waterways of England, Scotland and Wales.'

Visits to the Website719
Views of 'Full' Record1461

'Pennine Waterways is an independent non-profit-making website about the canals of the area ... Pennine Waterways is not connected with The Canal and River Trust (or the former British Waterways) and has no responsibility for the maintenance of canals or towpaths. I cannot provide information about moorings. Please do not email me about canal or towpath maintenance or about moorings ...'

Visits to the Website874
Views of 'Full' Record1288

'Walking along a canal path can give you a completely different view on a place, even somewhere you know well. Enjoy well maintained paths and a traffic free atmosphere, ideal whether you choose to run or walk.'

Description from

Scottish Canals

Visits to the Website822
Views of 'Full' Record1459

The 'Full A-Z Listing' provides for each Canal its Name, Navigation Authority (if any), and its (boat navigation) Status: Derelict, Open, Partly Open, Proposed Restoration, Restoration Proposed, Restored, Semi-Navigable, Under Restoration.

Navigate the Website>>> Full A-Z Listing
See also

Towpaths Policy | Walking Alongside the Waterways [The Inland Waterways Association]

Visits to the Website551
Views of 'Full' Record1240

'The East Devon Way, one of the County's long-distance recreational walking routes, stretches for nearly 40 miles between Exmouth and Lyme Regis inland of and parallel to the South West Coast Path. There are a number of places where the two can be linked, thus creating a series of long-distance circular walks throughout East Devon ...'

Distance (miles)6
Starting fromNewton Poppleford
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website730
Views of 'Full' Record1610

'The idea behind the Airedale Way is that it provides a link between Leeds and the Yorkshire Dales by following, as far as possible, riverside paths.'

Distance (miles)50
Starting fromGranary Wharf, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Description from

The Airedale Way by Douglas Cossar

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1006
Views of 'Full' Record3266

'Walking trail following the county boundary of Norfolk and Suffolk, gently meandering from Great Yarmouth through to Thetford.'

Distance (miles)93
Starting fromGreat Yarmouth Railway Station
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website930
Views of 'Full' Record2228

'Long-distance walking route following the river Annan from source to sea ... The Annandale Way has been designed to be achievable in 4 to 5 days, with overnight stops envisaged in small market towns and villages: Moffat; Johnstonebridge / Annandale Estate; Lochmaben or Lockerbie and Annan. There is also the option of doing a shorter 2 or 3 day circuit or day walks by using local public transport.'

Distance (miles)55
Starting fromMoffat
Description from

Sulwath Connections Landscape Partnership

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website924
Views of 'Full' Record2092

'Following the River Arrow from its source in the uplands of Powys, descending through Herefordshire hill country via Newchurch to Kington, and finally, through black and white villages of Pembridge and Eardisland to Leominster.'

Printed Guide available from Ramblers Mortimer Group

Distance (miles)35
Starting fromGwuanceste Hill, near Builth Wells
Description from

Herefordshire Ramblers

Visits to the Website832
Views of 'Full' Record1904

'Downstream from Aveton Gifford, the river Avon winds through its beautiful and secluded valley to the sea. This fine walk traces its course, and you are rarely out of sight of the river, or its rich birdlife.'

Distance (miles)8
Starting fromAveton Gifford
Description from

South Devon AONB

Visits to the Website930
Views of 'Full' Record1531

'Riverside walks never fail to be interesting, as rivers are havens for wildlife of all sorts and anything could drift past. Colourful narrowboats, shy waterbirds, the splash of a fish, eerie reeds as they sway in the breeze, if you stay alert all sorts of sights and sounds will delight you. These two fully waymarked walks along the River Avon will not disappoint, whatever time of year you visit. There are no stiles to negotiate on either walk.' Note that the URL originally used here has been replaced by another.

Starting fromAround and About Eckington and Pershore
Visits to the Website1183
Views of 'Full' Record3690

'Long-distance walking route that takes you from Salisbury – one of the most beautiful cathedral cities in England – to Christchurch Priory and the sea. It was opened in 1992 and runs from Wiltshire due south through Hampshire to finish in Dorset. The Path is named after the river whose course it follows.'

Distance (miles)34
Starting fromSalisbury Cathedral Close
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website985
Views of 'Full' Record1756

'Gives you the opportunity to explore the Severn Valley by following the route of the river Severn four miles upstream from Bewdley to the hidden gem that is Upper Arley village. The return leg offers the opportunity to return to Bewdley; either under your own steam by walking back along the opposite bank of the river or by steam power utilising the historic Severn Valley Railway.'

Distance (miles)8
Starting fromBewdley
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1097
Views of 'Full' Record1699

'The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal is a canal of the Birmingham Canal Navigations in the West Midlands of England. Its purpose was to provide a link between the Coventry Canal and Birmingham and thereby connect Birmingham to London via the Oxford Canal.'

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromGas Street Basin
Description from

Canal Routes

Walks described here by
See also

Birmingham & Fazeley Canal [Canal Guide] | Birmingham and Fazeley Canal [Wikipedia]

Visits to the Website811
Views of 'Full' Record1755

'This is a linear walk along the scenic River Stort from Bishop’s Stortford to Harlow and returning by bus.'

Navigate the Website>>> Walks >>> Featured Walks >>> Walk 13
Distance (miles)8
Starting fromBishop's Stortford
Visits to the Website1404
Views of 'Full' Record2010

'Follows the River Blackwater from its source in Rowhill Nature Reserve to Swallowfield, where it joins the River Whitewater to become the Broadwater for a short stretch before flowing into the River Loddon.' ALERT Link changed from Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership to Walking Englishman

Distance (miles)23
Starting fromRowhill Nature Reserve, Aldershot
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1044
Views of 'Full' Record1639

'Recreational path shadowing the course of the River Bollin. The route starts at Macclesfield Riverside Park and finishes in Partington giving walkers a feel of the valley's variety. It takes in fields and woodlands, towns and villages, passes around Manchester Airport and ends up in the industrial area near the Manchester Ship Canal.'

Distance (miles)25
Starting fromMacclesfield Riverside Park, Tytherington
Description from

Bollin Valley Partnership

See also

Bollin Valley Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Visits to the Website1162
Views of 'Full' Record2300

'Follows some of the waterways of Boston including The Haven, the Hobhole drain and the Maud Foster drain, as well as passing through two nature reserves (Havenside and Hobhole Bank). A great walk to see a variety of wildlife. The walk uses drain and river side paths which may be muddy in places.'

Distance (miles)12
Starting fromThe Haven
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1456
Views of 'Full' Record2075
Starting fromBude
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website765
Views of 'Full' Record1437

'The area around the Caledonian Canal is superb walking country. With breathtaking scenery and so much wildlife, there is always something to enjoy. Take a relaxing stroll along the towpath, hike the Great Glen Way long distance route, or climb Britain's highest mountain. Watch the Great Glen Ways video and you will be persuaded!'

Starting fromInverness
Description from

Scottish Canals

See also

The Caledonian Canal Walks [Explore Inverness]

Visits to the Website847
Views of 'Full' Record1297
Starting fromCarnforth
Description from

Lancashire County Council, Lancaster City Council and the Lune Valley Initiative

Visits to the Website1296
Views of 'Full' Record3060

'A walk to the south of Ely takes you along the bank of the River Great Ouse, a river which has been the life blood to Ely throughout the centuries.'

Navigate the Website>>> Things To Do >>> Walking >>> Cawdle Fen Way [PDF]
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromLittle Thetford
Description from

Visit Cambridge & Beyond

Visits to the Website792
Views of 'Full' Record2044

'A walk of 12 miles along the River Pinn from Pinner to the Grand Union Canal at Cowley, through green spaces, conservation areas and wildlife havens.'

Navigate the Website>>> Walks >>> Celandine Walks [PDFs]
Distance (miles)12
Starting fromPinner Station
Visits to the Website968
Views of 'Full' Record3404

'Linear walk through the Chilterns following the River Chess from Rickmansworth to Chesham ...'

Navigate the Website>>> Walks and Rides Leaflets >>> Chess Valley Walk
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromRickmansworth
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1321
Views of 'Full' Record1619

'Did you know that the city of Oxford is built on a series of islands? This walk is an opportunity to explore an intricate network of waterways that are often overlooked by visitors to the city.'

Navigate the Website>>> Oxford
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromOxford Castle
Description from

Discovering Britain

See also

Oxford Canal Heritage Trail [Oxford Canal Heritage Project]

Visits to the Website864
Views of 'Full' Record1650

'The Cleddau Trail is an initiative of Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust to encourage local community access to, and involvement with, the Western and Eastern Cleddau rivers. Seven Sites are currently featured on each of the two rivers.' At each Site there is information about the Walks available around and about.

Starting fromAround and About Haverford West
Description from

Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust

Visits to the Website876
Views of 'Full' Record1878

'Takes you on a 65km/40 mile journey, Glasgow City Centre to the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, passing through spectacular scenery and many interesting and important sites which offer insights into the rich cultural, natural and industrial heritage of the Clyde Valley'

Distance (miles)40
Starting fromPartick Railway Station
Description from

South Lanarkshire Council

Walks described here by
See also

Clyde Walkway [Wikipedia]

Visits to the Website1235
Views of 'Full' Record1768

'Starts at Rickmansworth and follows the River Colne southwards ending at Colnbrook. There is a link path to Langley from Cowley Lock. Plans are in hand to extend the Colne Valley Trail further south. Originally listed as two separate routes and now combined to form a 14 mile route from Rickmansworth to Colnbrook.' Two free leaflets cover the route and are available from the Colne Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre.

Distance (miles)14
Starting fromRickmansworth
Walks described here by
See also

Colne Valley Trail [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes] | The Big Walks of London [John Merrill Walk Guides, 2008]

Visits to the Website673
Views of 'Full' Record1651

'A long-distance walk of up to 102 miles, with a choice of routes, exploring both sides of the part wooded Conwy Valley, one the most beautiful areas of North Wales.' Printed Guide available from Kittiwake Publications

Distance (miles)102
Starting fromGreat Orme, Llandudno
Description from

David Berry

Visits to the Website664
Views of 'Full' Record2114

'Path following the River Cray to the Thames from Foots Cray Meadows in the south to Erith in the north.' ALERT Could not find this PDF referenced on the re-designed Bexley Website; so I have changed the Link to Yumpu.

Navigate the Website>>> Cray Riverway
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromFoots Cray Meadows
Description from

London Borough of Bexley Council

Visits to the Website1172
Views of 'Full' Record2316

'Extends from the River Wye and Pavilion Gardens in Buxton to the confluence of the River Dane with the River Wheelock at Middlewich - a measured distance 40.6 miles. After the first 3 miles of climbing the rest of the route is generally downhill.' Note that Discover Cheshire no longer seem to provide access to a description of the full route via their Website.

Distance (miles)41
Starting fromBuxton
Walks described here by
See also

A walker's guide to the Dane Valley Way : a walk from Buxton to Middlewich following the River Dane as closely as present paths allow (South and East Cheshire Area of the Ramblers' Association, 1999) [The Chronicle Series] | Dane Valley Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Visits to the Website845
Views of 'Full' Record3447

Described in two Parts. The first Part follows the route up the right-hand side of the Dart from Kingswear - across the river from Dartmouth itself - to Greenway. (It is also possible to walk up the left-hand side of the River direct to Dittisham, but this is not so interesting.) The second Part continues from Dittisham up to Totnes.

Navigate the Website>>> Dartmouth to Greenway | Dittisham to Totnes [PDFs]
Distance (miles)17
Starting fromDartmouth
Description from

South Devon AONB

Visits to the Website831
Views of 'Full' Record1827

'The River Dearne is a river in South Yorkshire, England. It flows roughly east for more than 30 kilometres (19 mi), from its source just inside West Yorkshire, through Denby Dale, Clayton West, Darton, Barnsley, Darfield, Wath upon Dearne, Bolton on Dearne, Adwick upon Dearne and Mexborough to its confluence with the River Don at Conisbrough ... The upper Dearne is followed by the Dearne Way, a footpath through the countryside from Dearne Head to Barnsley. The lower Dearne Valley is confusingly now also called Dearne Valley and is a regeneration area.'

Distance (miles)30
Starting fromBirdsedge
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1066
Views of 'Full' Record4173

'Follows the course of the River Dee between the picturesque towns of Corwen and Llangollen.'

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromCorwen
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website966
Views of 'Full' Record1610

'The route follows the River Dee along the Welsh or English sides of its estuary, through the historic city of Chester, the borderlands, Llangollen and the stunning Dee Valley, passing beautiful Llyn Tegid at Y Bala to the river's source in the mountains of southern Snowdonia.'

Distance (miles)142
Starting fromWest Kirby
Description from

David Berry

Visits to the Website742
Views of 'Full' Record2127

'The Derby & Sandiacre Canal ran from the river Trent at Swarkestone and climbed through 3 locks to the Trent & Mersey Canal and Swarkestone Junction on the Trent & Mersey canal thence to Sandiacre on the Erewash canal, with a line to Little Eaton where it met a plateway.'

Distance (miles)14
Starting fromSwarkestone
Visits to the Website838
Views of 'Full' Record2903

'Stretching from Ladybower Reservoir in the north to Shardlow in the south, the walk through the valley offers varied scenery and a way-marked route. Passing through the Peak District National Park via Chatsworth Park and the breath taking scenery around the Derbyshire dales and Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the riverside path continues to Journey's End where the Derwent flows into the River Trent.'

Distance (miles)55
Starting fromLadybower Reservoir
See also

National Heritage Corridor [Derwent Valley Trust]

Visits to the Website797
Views of 'Full' Record1698

'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 ...'

Distance (miles)10
Starting fromDroitwich Spa
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1468
Views of 'Full' Record2201

'A new walking route, following the course of the River Ecclesbourne in Derbyshire. The walk starts in Duffield, a few miles North of Derby, and runs for 11 miles to Wirksworth.'

Distance (miles)11
Starting fromDuffield
Visits to the Website879
Views of 'Full' Record2666

'Follow the banks of the River Eden and the River Medway and along delightful paths and lanes, through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.'

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromEdenbridge
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1177
Views of 'Full' Record2128

'Liquid History is a self guided audio trail along one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Thames near Hampton Court. The trail contains original interviews with people who have lived and worked along the river in Elmbridge, and is narrated by historian and local houseboat resident Dr Toby Butler ...'

Distance (miles)1
Starting fromCigarette Island, Hampton Court Railway Station
Description from

Memoryscape Audio Walks

Visits to the Website798
Views of 'Full' Record1483

'Footpath linking Vernon Park in Stockport with the Longdendale Trail in the Peak District near Hadfield.'

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromVernon Park
See also

Etherow Goyt Valley Way: A Walking Guide [The Tameside Citizen]

Visits to the Website796
Views of 'Full' Record2177

'A river valley walk between source and sea along the beautiful River Exe.'

Distance (miles)48
Starting fromStarcross
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1004
Views of 'Full' Record2218

'Our favourite walks encompassing the very best of what the Fal River has to offer. Picture-postcard scenery waits to greet you at every turn of the path.'

Starting fromAround and About Falmouth
Visits to the Website862
Views of 'Full' Record1495

'Walk between Cambridge and Kings Lynn following the Rivers Cam and Great Ouse. The main route mainly follows the western banks of the rivers, although there is an eastern alternative available between north of Cambridge and Ely. The route is mostly flat, with very little ascent or descent. '

Distance (miles)48
Starting fromCambridge Railway Station
Walks described here by
See also

Fen Rivers Way [Norfolk County Council]

Visits to the Website1195
Views of 'Full' Record1784

'Follows footpaths along or near the river Foss, starting from its confluence with the Ouse in York [SE 605511] and finishing at its source, Pond Head [SE 528695] four miles from Easingwold ... '

Distance (miles)28
Starting fromYork Castle Museum
See also

The Foss Walk Mark W Jones (Dales Court Press, 1988)

Visits to the Website668
Views of 'Full' Record1440

'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.'

Navigate the Website>>> Download Map
Starting fromFradley Junction
Walks described here by
See also

Fradley Walks [Visit Lichfield] (PDF)

Visits to the Website1848
Views of 'Full' Record8289

'Starting at Evershot, the second highest village in Dorset, this walk meanders close to the River Frome towards Poole Harbour.'

Distance (miles)16
Starting fromEvershot
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website961
Views of 'Full' Record2276

'The Frome Valley creates an important green corridor through the villages and farmland of South Gloucestershire and the dense housing of northeast Bristol. The parks, woodlands, meadows and waterways provide welcome recreational space for people and a valuable environment for wildlife. The Frome Valley Walkway is an important recreational path running along the river connecting communities and open spaces.'

Distance (miles)18
Starting fromCastle Park
Visits to the Website922
Views of 'Full' Record1534

'A way marked walk following the River Fynn from Witnesham to Martlesham Creek, through some of the most picturesque countryside in Suffolk.'

Distance (miles)9
Starting fromWitnesham
Description from

East Suffolk Line Walks

Visits to the Website1093
Views of 'Full' Record4246

'The Trust has reached an agreement with MARPA (Mid-Anglia Rail Passengers' Association) and Roger Wolfe of the Ramblers Association to publish two of the Station to Station Walks which follow the route of the Stowmarket Navigation.'

Distance (miles)18
Starting fromIpswich Railway Station
Description from

River Gipping Trust

See also

Gipping Valley River Path [Stephen and Lucy Dawson] | River Gipping [Wikipedia]

Visits to the Website840
Views of 'Full' Record2462

'The four walks range from 1.5-5.5 miles and take in little known and glorious countryside on the doorstep of Gloucester ... '

Distance (miles)6
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Developed within the Severnside Project.

Visits to the Website1014
Views of 'Full' Record2055

'Walk from Chipping Norton, following the path of the River Glyme, to Woodstock.'

Distance (miles)16
Starting fromChipping Norton
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website997
Views of 'Full' Record2700

'This relatively easy walk belies its six miles and takes in both pretty villages (Old Burleston and Hamble) at the start, and some great coastal views out over the River Hamble later on.'

Navigate the Website>>> Keyword Search 'Hamble' >>> Hamble Ramble
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromBursledon
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1416
Views of 'Full' Record1736

'A series of walks leaflets are available covering parts of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal through the two counties. There are now five walks available – all of which are proving very popular with both local people and visitors to the area. Each walk is illustrated with photos of points of interest and a clear map of the route.'

Visits to the Website628
Views of 'Full' Record2266

'This County Durham walk follows the most dramatic section of the River Tees, which begins life on the isolated flanks of Cross Fell in the North Pennines and enters the North Sea surrounded by industry.'

Distance (miles)8
Starting fromBowlees Visitor Centre, Middleton in Teesdale
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1186
Views of 'Full' Record2169

'The walk begins at the Cross Of Greet north of Stocks Reservoir near Slaidburn, and finishes where it joins the R. Ribble between Stonyhurst College and Gt. Mitton.'

Distance (miles)27
Starting fromCross of Greet near Slaidburn
Description from

Peter Dobson

Visits to the Website804
Views of 'Full' Record1631

'Circular walk ... which virtually encompasses the town of Horsham using paths alongside various watercourses.'

Distance (miles)11
Starting fromWarnham Nature Reserve
Description from

Horsham District Council

Visits to the Website1042
Views of 'Full' Record1900

'The waymarked Gipping Valley River Path passes close to Ipswich railway station. Most of the route follows the towpath of the former navigation that linked the dock at Ipswich with Stowmarket from 1793 until the 1930s.'

Distance (miles)12
Starting fromIpswich Rail Station
Visits to the Website836
Views of 'Full' Record2029

'Follows the River Itchen from its source close to Hinton Ampner all the way to its mouth at Woolston, Southampton.'

'The Itchen Way and the guide book are promoted by the Eastleigh Group of the Ramblers Association who are largely responsible for the creation of the route. The route was amended in 2008 when a new guide was published written by Richard Kenchington who devised the original route.'

Distance (miles)32
Starting fromHinton Ampner
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1034
Views of 'Full' Record3357

'A walk along the banks of the Thames in Kent, one of the most unknown and amazing walks in South-East England.'

Distance (miles)36
Starting fromDartford Station
Description from

Chris Smith

Visits to the Website1104
Views of 'Full' Record2380

'This is a delightful walk along the River Ivel from Baldock to Roxton. You start off at the source of the river at Ivel springs, Baldock, and follow the river north through Stotfold, Henlow, Langford, Biggleswade, Sandy and Blunham.'

Distance (miles)21
Starting fromIvel Springs, Baldock
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1121
Views of 'Full' Record2975

'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.'

Distance (miles)41
Starting fromAqueduct Street
Walks described here by
See also

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

Visits to the Website536
Views of 'Full' Record926

'Long-distance path located between Leagrave, the source of the River Lea near Luton, and the Thames, at Limehouse Basin, Limehouse, east London. From its source much of the walk is rural. At Hertford the path follows the towpath of the River Lee Navigation, and it becomes increasingly urbanised as it approaches London. The walk was opened in 1993 and is waymarked throughout using a swan logo.'

Distance (miles)50
Starting fromLeagrave
Walks described here by
See also

Lea Valley Walk [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes] | Lea Valley Walk [Transport for London] | Lea Valley Walk [Stephen and Lucy Dawson]

Visits to the Website1200
Views of 'Full' Record2058

'A pleasant, waymarked 3½ mile (5½ km) walk linking Leamington and Warwick.'

Distance (miles)4
Starting fromNewbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Leamington Spa
Description from

Warwick District Council

Visits to the Website480
Views of 'Full' Record1417

'A walk along the canal towpath & Pennine Way, with some hills, stiles and muddy paths.'

Navigate the Website>>> Craven District >>> Leeds - Liverpool Canal Long Walk
Distance (miles)8
Starting fromGargrave
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website960
Views of 'Full' Record2202

'A twelve-mile long green corridor running through the city along the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal. It is regionally important for wildlife and comprises a network of open spaces, nature reserves and parks ...'

Distance (miles)12
Starting fromLeicester Riverside
Description from

Leicester City Council

Visits to the Website905
Views of 'Full' Record3133

'The Letcombe Brook, much loved by local people, is a chalk stream that runs from Letcombe Regis to East Hanney, providing water for local use today. It is home to protected species such as white-clawed crayfish and water voles. Chalk streams are globally rare, so the Letcombe Brook Project was set up in April 2003 to enhance and protect the natural beauty of the Brook.'

Navigate the Website>>> The Letcombe Brook Discovery Trails: Grove | Wantage [PDFs]
Starting fromGrove / Wantage
Description from

Visit Southern Oxfordshire

Visits to the Website869
Views of 'Full' Record2121

'The Louth Navigation was a canalisation of the River Lud. It ran for 11 miles (18 km) from Louth in Lincolnshire, England, to Tetney Haven, at the mouth of the Humber.' Access to a selection of PDF Walks to view or download.

Starting fromLouth
Description from

Louth Navigation Trust

Visits to the Website778
Views of 'Full' Record1439

'Traces the course of the River Lune's lower reaches through some of the North West's finest lowland countryside. Bounded by high moors, limestone hills and shadowed by the distant peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Leck Fell, the route offers excellent, easy walking and is signposted and waymarked throughout.'

Navigate the Website>>> Lune Valley Ramble [PDF]
Distance (miles)17
Starting fromLancaster Railway Station
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website983
Views of 'Full' Record2127

'Of course the Macclesfield Canal itself makes an enjoyable walk and very many people exploit this linear park by walking sections or even the whole of the 27½ miles of the canal, which is also one section of the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk. There are plenty of guides to its course and I will not repeat them all here ... In these pages I will note some of the many walks that can be taken from the canal - the canal providing the start and finish point and maybe a short part of the walk.'

Starting fromAround and About Macclesfield
Description from

Tim Boddington The Macclesfield Canal

Visits to the Website885
Views of 'Full' Record2310

'Footpath along the side of the Mardyke from Ship Lane, Aveley to Bulphan, passing through Davy Down Riverside Park. It was opened in 2007 as part of the Thames Chase Community Forest.'

Distance (miles)7
Starting fromShip Lane, Aveley
See also

Mardyke Woods [Forestry Commission England]

Visits to the Website1011
Views of 'Full' Record2354

'With the canal walk completed, I cast around for another project. Then an idea began to take shape: to walk the Mersey from its source to the sea. The Mersey is formed from three tributaries: the River Etherow, the River Goyt, and the River Tame. The official start of the Mersey is at the confluence of the rivers Tame and Goyt in central Stockport, a few miles south of Manchester. Older definitions place its start a few miles up the Goyt ...'

Starting fromConfluence of the Rivers Tame and Goyt
See also

Mersey Way [LDWA]

Visits to the Website1165
Views of 'Full' Record1479

'Gentle stroll, regular power walking or long-distance run. The Monkland Canal is a great place to stay active or up the pace for a bit of serious exercise. Along the way you are sure to spot some amazing wildlife!

Starting fromCalderbank
Description from

Scottish Canals

See also

The Monkland Canal [James's Canal Pages]

Visits to the Website685
Views of 'Full' Record2018

'Long distance recreational route which follows the River Nene for some 70 miles through Northamptonshire.'

Navigate the Website>>> Nene Way [PDFs]
Distance (miles)70
Starting fromBadby
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1127
Views of 'Full' Record2259

'The New River is neither new nor a river. It is a water supply aqueduct, completed in 1613, to bring drinking water from Hertfordshire to North London ...' ALERT I could no longer find a description of the Path on the Thames Water Website; so I have replaced the Link.

Distance (miles)28
Starting fromNew Gauge, Hertford
Visits to the Website1123
Views of 'Full' Record2058

'This picturesque walk through the centre of Norwich links the Marriott's Way at Barn Road roundabout on the inner ring road with The Wherryman's Way and Boudicca Way at Norwich Railway Station.'

Distance (miles)2
Starting fromBarn Road
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website971
Views of 'Full' Record4117

'Follows the River Great Ouse between Buckingham and Milton Keynes.'

Navigate the Website>>> Search 'Buckingham' >>> Ouse Valley Way [PDF]
Distance (miles)16
Starting fromBuckingham
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1283
Views of 'Full' Record2508

'A great series of four easy circular walks from two to five miles. Most are easy walking and include sections along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath and through Alkincoates Park Nature Reserve. Admire the views whilst you watch beautiful wildlife and plants.'

Navigate the Website>>> Pendle Canal Walks Circular ... [PDFs]
Starting fromColne & Nelson Rugby Union Football Club Car Park, Colne
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website891
Views of 'Full' Record2249

'This new (2010) long distance walking route follows the course of the River Avon by linking existing rights of way from Pewsey to Salisbury. In Salisbury the trail connects to the existing 34-mile Avon Valley Path to Christchurch. The trail is accompanied by a walking guide.'

Navigate the Website>>> List of Paths >>> Pewsey Avon Trail
Distance (miles)28
Starting fromPewsey
Description from

Chris Cole

Walks described here by
See also

Pewsey Avon Trail by Chris Cole (Hobnob Press, 2010)

Visits to the Website798
Views of 'Full' Record3156

'This Project aims to enhance and stimulate public understanding of Canals: by encouraging you to visit these wonderful places, by guiding and informing your presence, and by illuminating history that does not immediately or easily reveal itself.' Note that the Audio Trail Link did not function on review - so I have replaced it with one to the Canal Society Website which had a brief description of the Trail on its (rather long) Home Page.

Navigate the Website>>> AWAITING LINK (9 November 2016)
Starting fromDiggle
Visits to the Website609
Views of 'Full' Record1409

'Footpath following the River Ribble along the beautiful Ribble Valley from its mouth to its source. The footpath traverses the counties of Lancashire and North Yorkshire and is divided into 7 sections each approximately 10 miles long.'

Distance (miles)73
Starting fromLongton
Visits to the Website1353
Views of 'Full' Record2388

'Starts in Avonbridge and follows the river downstream to Inveravon, crossing the river several times. The route takes you through gorge woodland and one of the high points is rising to meet the Union Canal and crossing it using the canal aqueduct.'

Distance (miles)10
Starting fromAvonbridge
Description from

The John Muir Way

See also

WL6 River Avon Heritage Trail [West Lothian Council]

Visits to the Website715
Views of 'Full' Record2501

'Passes through the historic harbour village of Pill, the spectacular Avon Gorge, the modern city and ancient port of Bristol, the beautiful countryside where the Avon Valley meets the Cotswold Hills and ends at the famous Pulteney Bridge in the Georgian city of Bath. Although the Trail goes no further, the river continues upstream to its source near Sherston in the Cotswold Hills.'

Distance (miles)23
Starting fromPill
Description from

Forest of Avon

Visits to the Website848
Views of 'Full' Record1444

'East Ayrshire ... just waiting to be enjoyed! Experience Ayrshire’s most varied and beautiful countryside, enjoy relaxing accommodation, welcoming pubs and award winning restaurants.' ALERT Website Link changed from original.

Distance (miles)44
Starting fromGlenbuck Loch
Description from

East Ayrshire Leisure

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website912
Views of 'Full' Record1677

'Walk along the banks of the River Don from the River Tyne at Jarrow to West Boldon'

Navigate the Website>>> River Don Walk [PDF]
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromJarrow
Description from

South Tyneside Council

Visits to the Website1098
Views of 'Full' Record4550

'Long-distance footpath, following the route of the River Parrett in Somerset, England. The trail, which is 50 miles (80 km) long, runs from Chedington in Dorset to the mouth of the river in Bridgwater Bay where it joins the West Somerset Coast Path.'

Distance (miles)50
Starting fromChedington
Walks described here by
See also

River Parrett Trail [Discover South Somerset]

Visits to the Website860
Views of 'Full' Record1957

'The River Rea travels through the many diverse communities of south west Birmingham. Rising on the Waseley Hills the river heads across the city towards its confluence with the River Tame near Spaghetti Junction (The Gravelly Hill interchange).'

Distance (miles)14
Starting fromWaseley Hills Country Park
Description from

West Midlands Cycling

Visits to the Website1439
Views of 'Full' Record6580

'To encourage everyone to make the most of the Thames Path, National Trails and the Environment Agency have published 12 walks along different parts of the River Thames, all with level and wide paths, gentle slopes and rest areas.'

Description from


Visits to the Website1023
Views of 'Full' Record1372

'Numerous local footpaths link up with some historic long distance paths. Many of these paths cross some of the most scenic landscapes and waterscapes in the Broads and Upper Waveney valley, sometimes following the water's edge, at other times skirting fenland or passing through grazing marsh.' ALERT The Trust has changed its Website, and unfortunately commentary on existing and planned Walks around and about seems to have disappeared.

Starting fromAround and About
Description from

River Waveney Trust

Visits to the Website1110
Views of 'Full' Record2085

'As Britain's longest river, the Severn offers explorers the opportunity to discover a wide variety of landscapes ranging from the dramatic Cambrian Mountains in Mid Wales, through deep gorged valleys and onto the rolling pastureland of its southern reaches before meet the confluence with the Celtic Sea.'

Distance (miles)210
Starting fromPlynlimon, near Ponterwyd
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website973
Views of 'Full' Record1817

'Beginning at the source of the Avon in Naseby, Northamptonshire, this 88 mile fully waymarked path follows as near as possible the course of the river.'

Distance (miles)88
Starting fromNaseby
Visits to the Website1025
Views of 'Full' Record2427

'Signposted walk along the River Shuttle, a small tributary of the River Cray, which it joins at Hall Place near Bexley. The walk then joins the Cray Riverway, which follows the Cray through to the Darent at Crayford Marshes and through the marshes to the Thames.' ALERT I could no longer find the description of this Walk on the re-engineered Bexley Council Website; so I have cited the description from Annierak instead.

Navigate the Website>>> The Shuttle Riverway
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromAvery Hill Park
Visits to the Website871
Views of 'Full' Record2622

'These walks are a series of scenic, predominantly level, walks centred on the Navigation. These encompass chalky uplands to the West of Sleaford and Fenland to the East ... '

Starting fromSleaford Navigation
Description from

Hugh Marrows for Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership

Visits to the Website772
Views of 'Full' Record1761

'Follows the route of the River South Tyne from the source to Haltwhistle. Open to walkers and cyclists it is almost 23 miles (36.5km) long and is a fantastic two-day experience in the North Pennines.'

Distance (miles)23
Starting fromSource of River South Tyne, south of Garrigill
Description from

North Pennines AONB

Walks described here by
See also

South Tyne Trail [North Pennines AONB]

Visits to the Website963
Views of 'Full' Record2734

'River Routes in Stockton is a new 3 year project that is dedicated to getting local people enjoying and involved in their local green spaces. The project's main work will be aimed at developing areas that people can enjoy which are close to the River Tees and the becks that flow through the Borough.'

Note: Not clear what happened to this Project ... The Website URL now leads to details of a related series of Projects badged as River Tees Rediscovered.

Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Groundwork North East

Visits to the Website875
Views of 'Full' Record1907

'There is excellent public access to the Stort Navigation. A public footpath runs all the way along the Navigation from Bishops Stortford to the confluence with the Lea. For much of this stretch the path is part of the Stort Valley Way, a 28-mile circular walk around Harlow and Sawbridgeworth. For information on walking in the Stort valley, and to download a leaflet, click here.'

Distance (miles)28
Starting fromRoydon
Visits to the Website707
Views of 'Full' Record2859

Directory Statistics

There are 4932 listings and 594 categories in our website

To Add New Records

A-Z of Localities used in the Directory

  1. Aberdeenshire
  2. Adur Worthing
  3. Allerdale
  4. Alnwick
  5. Amber Valley
  6. Angus
  7. Antrim Newtownabbey
  8. Argyllshire
  9. Armagh Banbridge Craigavon
  10. Arun
  11. Ashfield
  12. Ashford
  13. Aylesbury Vale
  14. Babergh
  15. Banffshire
  16. Barking Dagenham
  17. Barnet
  18. Barnsley
  19. Barrow-in-Furness
  20. Basildon
  21. Basingstoke Deane
  22. Bassetlaw
  23. Bath North East Somerset
  24. Bedford (Borough)
  25. Belfast
  26. Berwick-Upon-Tweed
  27. Berwickshire
  28. Bexley
  29. Birmingham
  30. Blaby
  31. Blackburn with Darwen
  32. Blackpool
  33. Blaenau Gwent
  34. Blyth Valley Wansbeck
  35. Bolsover
  36. Bolton
  37. Boston
  38. Bournemouth
  39. Bracknell Forest
  40. Bradford
  41. Braintree
  42. Breckland
  43. Brecknockshire
  44. Brent (Borough)
  45. Brentwood
  46. Bridgend
  47. Brighton Hove
  48. Bristol
  49. Broadland
  50. Bromley
  51. Bromsgrove
  52. Broxbourne
  53. Broxtowe
  54. Burnley
  55. Bury (Lancashire)
  56. Buteshire
  57. Caernarfonshire
  58. Caerphilly
  59. Caithness
  60. Calderdale
  61. Cambridge (City)
  62. Camden
  63. Cannock Chase
  64. Canterbury
  65. Cardiff
  66. Carlisle
  67. Carmarthenshire
  68. Castle Morpeth
  69. Castle Point
  70. Causeway Coast Glens
  71. Central Bedfordshire
  72. Ceredigion
  73. Charnwood
  74. Chelmsford
  75. Cheltenham
  76. Cherwell
  77. Cheshire East
  78. Cheshire West and Chester
  79. Chesterfield
  80. Chichester
  81. Chiltern
  82. Chorley
  83. Christchurch
  84. City of Aberdeen
  85. City of Dundee
  86. City of Edinburgh
  87. City of Glasgow
  88. City of London
  89. Clackmannanshire
  90. Colchester
  91. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  92. Conwy
  93. Copeland
  94. Corby
  95. Cotswold
  96. County Durham
  97. Coventry
  98. Craven
  99. Crawley
  100. Croydon
  101. Dacorum
  102. Darlington
  103. Dartford
  104. Daventry
  105. Denbighshire
  106. Derby (City)
  107. Derbyshire Dales
  108. Derry City Strabane
  109. Doncaster
  110. Dover
  111. Dudley
  112. Dumfriesshire
  113. Ealing
  114. East Ayrshire
  115. East Cambridgeshire
  116. East Cornwall
  117. East Devon
  118. East Dorset
  119. East Dunbartonshire
  120. East Hampshire
  121. East Hertfordshire
  122. East Lindsey
  123. East Lothian
  124. East Northamptonshire
  125. East Renfrewshire
  126. East Riding of Yorkshire
  127. East Staffordshire
  128. Eastbourne
  129. Eastleigh
  130. Eden
  131. Elmbridge
  132. Enfield
  133. Epping Forest
  134. Epsom Ewell
  135. Erewash
  136. Exeter
  137. Falkirk
  138. Fareham
  139. Fenland
  140. Fermanagh Omagh
  141. Fife
  142. Flintshire
  143. Forest Heath
  144. Forest of Dean
  145. Fylde
  146. Gateshead
  147. Gedling
  148. Gloucester (City)
  149. Gosport
  150. Gravesham
  151. Great Yarmouth
  152. Greenwich
  153. Guildford
  154. Hackney
  155. Halton
  156. Hambleton
  157. Hammersmith Fulham
  158. Harborough
  159. Haringey
  160. Harlow
  161. Harrogate
  162. Harrow
  163. Hart (Hampshire)
  164. Hartlepool
  165. Hastings
  166. Havant
  167. Havering
  168. Hereford (City)
  169. Hertsmere
  170. High Peak
  171. Hillingdon
  172. Hinckley Bosworth
  173. Horsham
  174. Hounslow
  175. Huntingdonshire
  176. Hyndburn
  177. Inverclyde
  178. Inverness-shire
  179. Ipswich
  180. Isle of Anglesey
  181. Isle of Man
  182. Isle of Wight
  183. Isles of Scilly
  184. Islington
  185. Kennet
  186. Kensington Chelsea
  187. Kettering
  188. Kincardineshire
  189. King's Lynn and West Norfolk
  190. Kingston upon Hull
  191. Kingston upon Thames
  192. Kinross-shire
  193. Kirkcudbrightshire
  194. Kirklees
  195. Knowsley
  196. Lambeth
  197. Lancaster
  198. Leeds
  199. Leicester (City)
  200. Lewes
  201. Lewisham
  202. Lichfield
  203. Lincoln (City)
  204. Lisburn Castlereagh
  205. Liverpool
  206. Luton
  207. Maidstone
  208. Maldon
  209. Malvern Hills
  210. Manchester
  211. Mansfield
  212. Medway
  213. Melton
  214. Mendip
  215. Merioneth
  216. Merthyr Tydfil
  217. Merton
  218. Mid Devon
  219. Mid East Antrim
  220. Mid Suffolk
  221. Mid Sussex
  222. Mid Ulster
  223. Middlesbrough
  224. Midlothian
  225. Milton Keynes
  226. Mole Valley
  227. Monmouthshire
  228. Montgomeryshire
  229. Moray
  230. Nairnshire
  231. Neath Port Talbot
  232. New Forest
  233. Newark Sherwood
  234. Newcastle upon Tyne
  235. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  236. Newham
  237. Newport
  238. Newry Mourne Down
  239. North Ayrshire
  240. North Devon
  241. North Dorset
  242. North Down Ards
  243. North East Derbyshire
  244. North East Lincolnshire
  245. North Herefordshire
  246. North Hertfordshire
  247. North Kesteven
  248. North Lanarkshire
  249. North Lincolnshire
  250. North Norfolk
  251. North Shropshire
  252. North Somerset
  253. North Tyneside
  254. North Warwickshire
  255. North West Leicestershire
  256. North Wiltshire
  257. Northampton (Borough)
  258. Norwich
  259. Nottingham
  260. Nuneaton Bedworth
  261. Oadby Wigston
  262. Oldham
  263. Orkney Islands
  264. Oxford (City)
  265. Peeblesshire
  266. Pembrokeshire
  267. Pendle
  268. Perthshire
  269. Peterborough
  270. Plymouth
  271. Poole
  272. Portsmouth
  273. Preston
  274. Purbeck
  275. Radnorshire
  276. Reading
  277. Redbridge
  278. Redcar Cleveland
  279. Redditch
  280. Reigate Banstead
  281. Rhondda Cynon Taf
  282. Ribble Valley
  283. Richmond upon Thames
  284. Richmondshire
  285. Rochdale
  286. Rochford
  287. Ross-shire Cromartyshire
  288. Rossendale
  289. Rother (Sussex)
  290. Rotherham
  291. Roxburghshire
  292. Rugby
  293. Runnymede
  294. Rushcliffe
  295. Rushmoor
  296. Rutland
  297. Ryedale
  298. Salford
  299. Salisbury
  300. Sandwell
  301. Scarborough
  302. Sedgemoor
  303. Sefton
  304. Selby
  305. Selkirkshire
  306. Sevenoaks
  307. Sheffield
  308. Shepway
  309. Shetland Islands
  310. Shrewsbury
  311. Slough
  312. Solihull
  313. South Ayrshire
  314. South Bucks
  315. South Cambridgeshire
  316. South Derbyshire
  317. South Gloucestershire
  318. South Hams
  319. South Herefordshire
  320. South Holland
  321. South Kesteven
  322. South Lakeland
  323. South Lanarkshire
  324. South Norfolk
  325. South Northamptonshire
  326. South Oxfordshire
  327. South Ribble
  328. South Shropshire
  329. South Somerset
  330. South Staffordshire
  331. South Tyneside
  332. Southampton
  333. Southend-on-Sea
  334. Southwark
  335. Spelthorne
  336. St Albans
  337. St Edmundsbury
  338. St Helens
  339. Stafford (Borough)
  340. Staffordshire Moorlands
  341. Stevenage
  342. Stirling
  343. Stockport
  344. Stockton-on-Tees
  345. Stoke-on-Trent
  346. Stratford-on-Avon
  347. Stroud
  348. Suffolk Coastal
  349. Sunderland
  350. Surrey Heath
  351. Sutherland
  352. Sutton
  353. Swale
  354. Swansea
  355. Swindon
  356. Tameside
  357. Tamworth
  358. Tandridge
  359. Taunton Deane
  360. Teignbridge
  361. Telford Wrekin
  362. Tendring
  363. Test Valley
  364. Tewkesbury
  365. Thanet
  366. The Scottish Borders
  367. The Vale of Glamorgan
  368. Three Rivers
  369. Thurrock
  370. Tonbridge Malling
  371. Torbay
  372. Torfaen
  373. Torridge
  374. Tower Hamlets
  375. Trafford
  376. Tunbridge Wells
  377. Tynedale
  378. Uttlesford
  379. Vale of White Horse
  380. Wakefield
  381. Walsall
  382. Waltham Forest
  383. Wandsworth
  384. Warrington
  385. Warwick (District)
  386. Watford
  387. Waveney
  388. Waverley
  389. Wealden
  390. Wellingborough
  391. Welwyn Hatfield
  392. West Berkshire
  393. West Cornwall
  394. West Devon
  395. West Dorset
  396. West Dunbartonshire
  397. West Lancashire
  398. West Lindsey
  399. West Lothian
  400. West Oxfordshire
  401. West Somerset
  402. West Wiltshire
  403. Westminster
  404. Weymouth Portland
  405. Wigan
  406. Wigtownshire
  407. Winchester
  408. Windsor Maidenhead
  409. Wirral
  410. Woking (Surrey)
  411. Wokingham
  412. Wolverhampton
  413. Worcester
  414. Wrexham
  415. Wychavon
  416. Wycombe
  417. Wyre (Lancashire)
  418. Wyre Forest
  419. York (City)

Back to Top

© Ray Lester


Technical Support by Web-Studio