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'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 Website1541
Views of 'Full' Record2080

'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 Website873
Views of 'Full' Record1048

'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 | CanalRoutes.org

Visits to the Website519
Views of 'Full' Record1290

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

Visits to the Website608
Views of 'Full' Record1216

'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 Website741
Views of 'Full' Record1056

'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 Website709
Views of 'Full' Record1260

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 Website414
Views of 'Full' Record1011

'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
Area
Visits to the Website592
Views of 'Full' Record1308

'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 Website871
Views of 'Full' Record2911

'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
Area
Visits to the Website844
Views of 'Full' Record1964

'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 Website810
Views of 'Full' Record1805

'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 Website730
Views of 'Full' Record1677

'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

Area
Visits to the Website817
Views of 'Full' Record1350

'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 Website991
Views of 'Full' Record3134

'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
Area
Visits to the Website808
Views of 'Full' Record1546

'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 Website927
Views of 'Full' Record1467

'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 Website674
Views of 'Full' Record1449

'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 Website1236
Views of 'Full' Record1737

'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
Area
Visits to the Website921
Views of 'Full' Record1412

'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]

Area
Visits to the Website955
Views of 'Full' Record1921

'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 Website1281
Views of 'Full' Record1840
Starting fromBude
Walks described here by
Area
Visits to the Website645
Views of 'Full' Record1223

'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 Website677
Views of 'Full' Record1065
Starting fromCarnforth
Description from

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

Visits to the Website1150
Views of 'Full' Record2569

'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 Website691
Views of 'Full' Record1807

'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 Website811
Views of 'Full' Record2972

'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 Website943
Views of 'Full' Record1387

'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 Website747
Views of 'Full' Record1392

'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 Website766
Views of 'Full' Record1582

'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 Website1016
Views of 'Full' Record1553

'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 Website570
Views of 'Full' Record1310

'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 Website564
Views of 'Full' Record1885

'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 Website988
Views of 'Full' Record1894

'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]

Area
Visits to the Website742
Views of 'Full' Record2845

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

Area
Visits to the Website700
Views of 'Full' Record1641

'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 Website948
Views of 'Full' Record3513

'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 Website812
Views of 'Full' Record1357

'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

Area
Visits to the Website641
Views of 'Full' Record1826

'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 Website694
Views of 'Full' Record2462

'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 Website626
Views of 'Full' Record1463

'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 Website1198
Views of 'Full' Record1806

'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 Website670
Views of 'Full' Record2175

'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
Area
Visits to the Website1012
Views of 'Full' Record1818

'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

Area
Visits to the Website675
Views of 'Full' Record1313

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

Navigate the Website>>> Walks and Trails >>> Etherow Goyt Valley Way
Distance (miles)15
Starting fromVernon Park
See also

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

Area
Visits to the Website680
Views of 'Full' Record1835

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

Distance (miles)48
Starting fromStarcross
Walks described here by
Area
Visits to the Website864
Views of 'Full' Record1911

'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
Area
Visits to the Website748
Views of 'Full' Record1318

'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 Website1042
Views of 'Full' Record1567

'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 Website560
Views of 'Full' Record1246

'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 Website1554
Views of 'Full' Record7224

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

Navigate the Website>>> Frome Valley Trail
Distance (miles)16
Starting fromEvershot
Walks described here by
Area
Visits to the Website818
Views of 'Full' Record1956

'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.'

Navigate the Website>>> Frome Valley Booklet [PDF]
Distance (miles)18
Starting fromCastle Park
Visits to the Website783
Views of 'Full' Record1378

'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

Area
Visits to the Website934
Views of 'Full' Record3585

'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.'

Navigate the Website>>> MARPA Walks 1 / 2 [PDFs]
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]

Area
Visits to the Website705
Views of 'Full' Record2075

'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 Website858
Views of 'Full' Record1659

'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 Website860
Views of 'Full' Record2335

'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
Area
Visits to the Website1215
Views of 'Full' Record1490

'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 Website511
Views of 'Full' Record1806

'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
Area
Visits to the Website939
Views of 'Full' Record1918

'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 Website663
Views of 'Full' Record1366

'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

Area
Visits to the Website873
Views of 'Full' Record1672

'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.'

Navigate the Website>>> Walks >>> Click Map 'Ipswich' >>> WALK 1 - Ipswich to Needham Market [PDF]
Distance (miles)12
Starting fromIpswich Rail Station
Area
Visits to the Website732
Views of 'Full' Record1484

'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
Area
Visits to the Website860
Views of 'Full' Record2869

'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

Area
Visits to the Website995
Views of 'Full' Record2037

'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 Website982
Views of 'Full' Record2536

'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 Website426
Views of 'Full' Record759

'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 Website1041
Views of 'Full' Record1800

'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 Website356
Views of 'Full' Record1183

'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 Website836
Views of 'Full' Record1912

'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 ...'

Navigate the Website>>> Riverside North | Riverside Central | Riverside South [PDFs]
Distance (miles)12
Starting fromLeicester Riverside
Description from

Leicester City Council

Visits to the Website730
Views of 'Full' Record2721

'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

Area
Visits to the Website727
Views of 'Full' Record1803

'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 Website650
Views of 'Full' Record1236

'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 Website846
Views of 'Full' Record1840

'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

Area
Visits to the Website714
Views of 'Full' Record2012

'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]

Area
Visits to the Website845
Views of 'Full' Record1947

'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 Website990
Views of 'Full' Record1305

'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 Website570
Views of 'Full' Record1208

'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 Website986
Views of 'Full' Record1871

'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 Website963
Views of 'Full' Record1772

'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
Area
Visits to the Website814
Views of 'Full' Record3533

'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 Website1090
Views of 'Full' Record2213

'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 Website769
Views of 'Full' Record1910

'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)

Area
Visits to the Website684
Views of 'Full' Record2793

'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 Website469
Views of 'Full' Record1184

'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 Website1182
Views of 'Full' Record2012

'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 Website537
Views of 'Full' Record1946

'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

Area
Visits to the Website740
Views of 'Full' Record1263

'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
Area
Visits to the Website752
Views of 'Full' Record1462

'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

Area
Visits to the Website920
Views of 'Full' Record4010

'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]

Area
Visits to the Website745
Views of 'Full' Record1739

'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 Website1227
Views of 'Full' Record5683

'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

VisitThames

Visits to the Website887
Views of 'Full' Record1212

'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

Area
Visits to the Website962
Views of 'Full' Record1626

'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 Website825
Views of 'Full' Record1642

'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 Website890
Views of 'Full' Record2089

'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 Website748
Views of 'Full' Record1779

'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 Website654
Views of 'Full' Record1463

'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 Website844
Views of 'Full' Record2400

'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

Area
Visits to the Website727
Views of 'Full' Record1631

'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 Website589
Views of 'Full' Record2453

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