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Towpath Walks (60)

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The Category Canals and Rivers is a subset of Particular Types of Walks in the UK. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Canals and Rivers Entities which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

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

Overview

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

See also

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

www.canalandriversidepubs.co.uk

Overview

'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.'

www.canalroutes.net

Overview

'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.'

Description from

Peter Hardcastle | CanalRoutes.org

www.meanderholidays.co.uk

Overview

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

www.penninewaterways.co.uk/canals.htm

Overview

'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 ...'

www.scottishcanals.co.uk/activities/walking-running/

Overview

'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

www.waterways.org.uk/waterways/introduction_to_the_waterways

Navigate the Website>>> Full A-Z Listing
Overview

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.

See also

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

www.exploredevon.info/activities/walk/short-walks/potter-otter/

Distance (miles)6
Starting fromNewton Poppleford
Overview

'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 ...'

Description from

Devon County Council

Nearby
Area

www.walkingpages.co.uk/trails_paths/ldpairedaleway.html

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

'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.'

Description from

The Airedale Way by Douglas Cossar

Walks described here by
Nearby

www.norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/long-distan...

Distance (miles)93
Starting fromGreat Yarmouth Railway Station
Overview

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

Walks described here by
Area

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annandale_Way

Distance (miles)55
Starting fromMoffat
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Sulwath Connections Landscape Partnership

Walks described here by

www.herefordshireramblers.org.uk/page11.html

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

'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

Description from

Herefordshire Ramblers

Area

www.southdevonaonb.org.uk

Distance (miles)8
Starting fromAveton Gifford
Overview

'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.'

Description from

South Devon AONB

Nearby
Area

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/directory/37/walks_in_worcestershire/categor...

Starting fromAround and About Eckington and Pershore
Overview

'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.

Nearby

www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/walking/avonvalley

Distance (miles)34
Starting fromSalisbury Cathedral Close
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
Nearby
Area

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/directory_record/2557/bewdley_river_and_rail...

Distance (miles)8
Starting fromBewdley
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
Nearby

www.canalroutes.net/Birmingham-and-Fazeley-Canal.html#Route

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromGas Street Basin
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Canal Routes

Walks described here by
See also

Birmingham and Fazeley Canal [Wikipedia]

Nearby

www.walksaroundstortford.org.uk

Navigate the Website>>> Walks >>> Featured Walks >>> Walk 13
Distance (miles)8
Starting fromBishop's Stortford
Overview

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

www.walkingenglishman.com/ldp/blackwatervalleypath.html

Distance (miles)23
Starting fromRowhill Nature Reserve, Aldershot
Overview

'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

Walks described here by
Nearby
Area

www.bollinvalley.org.uk/sites-and-trails/bollin-valley-way.aspx

Distance (miles)25
Starting fromMacclesfield Riverside Park, Tytherington
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Bollin Valley Partnership

See also

Bollin Valley Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Area

www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/directory-record/62483/boston-waterways-walk

Distance (miles)12
Starting fromThe Haven
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Lincolnshire County Council

Nearby

www.oliverscornwall.co.uk/oliverscornwallcountrysiderivers.html

Starting fromBude
Overview

Four walks around and about the Bude Canal.

Walks described here by
Area

www.scottishcanals.co.uk/activities/walking-running/caledonian-canal/

Starting fromInverness
Overview

'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!'

Description from

Scottish Canals

www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/carnforth-canal-walks-p581700

Starting fromCarnforth
Overview

'Explore the glorious countryside near the Lancaster Canal'

Description from

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

Nearby

visitcambridge.org/things-to-do/sport-and-leisure/walking

Distance (miles)6
Starting fromLittle Thetford
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Visit Cambridge & Beyond

archive.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/8718/Celandine-walks

Distance (miles)12
Starting fromPinner Station
Overview

'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.'

Nearby

www.chilternsaonb.org

Navigate the Website>>> Walks and Rides Leaflets >>> Chess Valley Walk
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromRickmansworth
Overview

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

Description from

Chilterns AONB

Nearby

www.discoveringbritain.org/content/discoveringbritain/walk%20booklets/...

Distance (miles)5
Starting fromOxford Castle
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Discovering Britain

See also

Oxford Canal Heritage Trail [Oxford Canal Heritage Project]

www.pembsrt.org/the-cleddau-trail/

Overview

'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.

Description from

Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust

www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/downloads/download/258/clyde_walkway

Distance (miles)40
Starting fromPartick Railway Station
Overview

'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'

Description from

South Lanarkshire Council

Walks described here by
See also

Clyde Walkway [Wikipedia]

www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Colne+Valley+Trail...

Distance (miles)14
Starting fromRickmansworth
Overview

'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.

Walks described here by
See also

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

Nearby

davidberrywalks.co.uk

Distance (miles)102
Starting fromGreat Orme, Llandudno
Overview

'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

Description from

David Berry

Nearby

www.yumpu.com/en/cray_riverway

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

'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.

Description from

London Borough of Bexley Council

Nearby

www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Dane+Valley+Way

Distance (miles)41
Starting fromBuxton
Overview

'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.

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]

Nearby

www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Dart+Valley+Trail

Distance (miles)17
Starting fromDartmouth
Overview

Can be 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.

Walks described here by
Nearby
Area

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Dearne

Distance (miles)30
Starting fromBirdsedge
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
Nearby

www.denbighshirecountryside.org.uk/dee-valley-way/

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromCorwen
Overview

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

Description from

Denbighshire County Council

Nearby

kittiwake-books.co.uk/the-dee-way-p-107.html

Distance (miles)142
Starting fromWest Kirby
Overview

'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.'

Description from

David Berry

Nearby
Area

www.derbycanal.org.uk/the-route-map/

Distance (miles)14
Starting fromSwarkestone
Overview

'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.'

www.visitambervalley.com/get-active/derwent-valley-heritage-way-long-d...

Distance (miles)55
Starting fromLadybower Reservoir
Overview

'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.'

See also

National Heritage Corridor [Derwent Valley Trust]

Nearby

www.ecclesbourneway.org.uk

Distance (miles)11
Starting fromDuffield
Overview

'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.'

Nearby

explorekent.org/activities/eden-valley-walk/

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromEdenbridge
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
Nearby
Area

www.memoryscape.org.uk/liquidhistory/

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

'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 ...'

Description from

Memoryscape Audio Walks

Nearby
Area

www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/leisure-parks-and-attractions

Distance (miles)15
Starting fromVernon Park
Overview

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

See also

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

Nearby
Area

www.exploredevon.info/activities/walk/long-walks/exe-valley-way/

Distance (miles)48
Starting fromStarcross
Overview

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

Description from

Devon County Council

Nearby
Area

www.falriver.co.uk/see-and-do/walks

Overview

'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.'

Area

www.britishwalks.org/walks/Named/FenRivers.php

Distance (miles)48
Starting fromCambridge Railway Station
Overview

'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. '

Description from

BritishWalks.org

See also

Fen Rivers Way [Norfolk County Council]

www.eastyorkshireramblers.org.uk/members/items-of-interest/31-the-foss...

Distance (miles)28
Starting fromYork Castle Museum
Overview

'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 ... '

Nearby

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

Navigate the Website>>> Download Map
Starting fromFradley Junction
Overview

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

Description from

Canal & River Trust

See also

Fradley Walks [Visit Lichfield] (PDF)

Nearby

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-west-dorset/...

Distance (miles)16
Starting fromEvershot
Overview

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

Description from

Dorset Council

Nearby
Area

www.fromewalkway.org.uk/walks.html

Distance (miles)18
Starting fromCastle Park
Overview

'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.'

eastsuffolklines.co.uk/walks

Distance (miles)9
Starting fromWitnesham
Overview

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

Description from

East Suffolk Line Walks

Area

rivergippingtrust.org.uk/walking-the-river

Distance (miles)18
Starting fromIpswich Railway Station
Overview

'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.'

Description from

River Gipping Trust

See also

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

Nearby
Area

www.visitgloucester.co.uk/dbimgs/watersidewalksingloucester.pdf

Distance (miles)6
Overview

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

Description from

Developed within the Severnside Project.

www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/glyme-valley-way

Distance (miles)16
Starting fromChipping Norton
Overview

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

Walks described here by

www.alltrails.com/trail/england/hampshire/hamble-ramble

Distance (miles)6
Starting fromBursledon
Overview

'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.'

Description from

AllTrails

Nearby
Area

www.h-g-canal.org.uk/html/Canal%20Trust%20Events/Canal%20Walks/Canal%2...

Overview

'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.'

Description from

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust

www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walk-3099-introduction

Distance (miles)8
Starting fromBowlees Visitor Centre, Middleton in Teesdale
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by

www.hodderway.co.uk

Distance (miles)27
Starting fromCross of Greet near Slaidburn
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Peter Dobson

www.horsham.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/walking/horsham-riverside-walk

Distance (miles)11
Starting fromWarnham Nature Reserve
Overview

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

Description from

Horsham District Council

Nearby
Area

www.marpa.org.uk

Distance (miles)12
Starting fromIpswich Rail Station
Overview

'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.'

Nearby
Area

www.walkingpages.co.uk/trails_paths/ldpitchenway.html

Distance (miles)32
Starting fromHinton Ampner
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
Nearby
Area

kentishthames.wordpress.com

Distance (miles)36
Starting fromDartford Station
Overview

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

Description from

Chris Smith

Nearby
Area

www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/kingfisher-way-w...

Distance (miles)21
Starting fromIvel Springs, Baldock
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by

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

Distance (miles)41
Starting fromAqueduct Street
Overview

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

Description from

Canal & River Trust

See also

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

Nearby

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea_Valley_Walk

Distance (miles)50
Starting fromLeagrave
Overview

'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.'

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]

Nearby

www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20331/countryside/507/riverside_walk

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

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

Description from

Warwick District Council

www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-and-leisure/countryside/walking/easy-walks...

Distance (miles)3
Starting fromTown Bridge, Leatherhead
Overview

Guide to the Leatherhead section of the River Mole: from the point at which it passes Thorncroft, enclosing the west side of the town, as far as Common Meadow. The booklet describes two linked walking routes, to the north and south of the town centre, both starting at the Town Bridge.

Description from

Mole Valley District Council

Nearby
Area

www.northyorks.gov.uk/walks-horse-and-bike-rides

Navigate the Website>>> Craven District >>> Leeds - Liverpool Canal Long Walk
Distance (miles)8
Starting fromGargrave
Overview

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

Walks described here by
Nearby

www.leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-open-spaces/our-par...

Distance (miles)12
Starting fromLeicester Riverside
Overview

'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 ...'

Description from

Leicester City Council

letcombebrook.org.uk/index.php/walking-trails/

Starting fromGrove / Wantage
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Visit Southern Oxfordshire

Area

www.louthcanal.org.uk/walks.html

Starting fromLouth
Overview

'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.

Description from

Louth Navigation Trust

Nearby

www.forestofbowland.com/files/uploads/pdfs/leaflets/Lune_Valley_Ramble...

Distance (miles)17
Starting fromLancaster Railway Station
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Forest of Bowland AONB

Nearby

www.thurrock-history.org.uk/MardykeWay.htm

Distance (miles)7
Starting fromShip Lane, Aveley
Overview

'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.'

Nearby
Area

gerryco23.wordpress.com/mersey-walks/

Starting fromConfluence of the Rivers Tame and Goyt
Overview

'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 ...'

See also

Mersey Way [LDWA]

www.scottishcanals.co.uk/heritage/monkland-canal/

Starting fromCalderbank
Overview

'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!

Description from

Scottish Canals

See also

The Monkland Canal [James's Canal Pages]

www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/northamptonshire-highways/...

Distance (miles)70
Starting fromBadby
Overview

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

Walks described here by
Nearby

shelford.org/walks/newriver.pdf

Distance (miles)28
Starting fromNew Gauge, Hertford
Overview

'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.

griffmonster-walks.blogspot.com/2012/04/norwich-riverside-walk.html

Distance (miles)2
Starting fromBarn Road
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
Nearby
Area

www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/environment/exploring-the-countryside/walk...

Navigate the Website>>> Search 'Buckingham' >>> Ouse Valley Way [PDF]
Distance (miles)16
Starting fromBuckingham
Overview

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

www.visitpendle.com/countryside/short-walks

Navigate the Website>>> Pendle Canal Walks Circular ... [PDFs]
Starting fromColne & Nelson Rugby Union Football Club Car Park, Colne
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Visit Pendle

Nearby

ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Pewsey+Avon+Trail

Distance (miles)28
Starting fromPewsey
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Chris Cole

Walks described here by
Nearby
Area

www.huddersfieldcanal.com

Starting fromDiggle
Overview

'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.

Nearby

www.foxhillbarn.co.uk/ribbleway/

Distance (miles)73
Starting fromLongton
Overview

'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.'

Nearby

johnmuirway.org/doing-route/additional-routes

Distance (miles)10
Starting fromAvonbridge
Overview

'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.'

Description from

The John Muir Way

See also

WL6 River Avon Heritage Trail [West Lothian Council]

Nearby

www.riveravontrail.org.uk

Distance (miles)23
Starting fromPill
Overview

'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.'

Description from

Forest of Avon

Area

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Ayr_Way

Distance (miles)44
Starting fromGlenbuck Loch
Overview

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

Walks described here by
Area

www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk/article/12654/walking

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

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

Description from

South Tyneside Council

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Parrett_Trail

Distance (miles)50
Starting fromChedington
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
See also

River Parrett Trail [Discover South Somerset]

Nearby
Area

sites.google.com/site/familyfriendlycycling/river-rea-trail

Distance (miles)14
Starting fromWaseley Hills Country Park
Overview

'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).'

Description from

West Midlands Cycling

Nearby

www.visitthames.co.uk/things-to-do/walking/walks-for-all

Overview

'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

rwt.tidyhq.com

Overview

'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.

Description from

River Waveney Trust

Nearby
Area

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/directory_record/2583/the_severn_way

Distance (miles)210
Starting fromPlynlimon, near Ponterwyd
Overview

'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.'

Walks described here by
Nearby

annierak.hoofbags.me.uk/shuttle.html

Navigate the Website>>> The Shuttle Riverway
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromAvery Hill Park
Overview

'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.

Nearby

www.sleafordnavigation.co.uk/visit-the-slea/by-foot/

Starting fromChapel Hill
Overview

'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 ... '

Description from

Hugh Marrows for Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership

www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/south-tyne-trail...

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

'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.'

Description from

North Pennines AONB

Walks described here by
Nearby

riverteesrediscovered.org/?page_id=447

Overview

'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.

Description from

Groundwork North East

Area

www.riverleacatchment.org.uk/index.php/river-stort-about-us/river-stor...

Distance (miles)28
Starting fromRoydon
Overview

'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.'

www.luphen.org.uk/walks/stour_orwell/stour_and_orwell_walk.htm

Distance (miles)39
Starting fromCattawade
Overview

'On the Suffolk/Essex border along the estuaries of the Rivers Stour and Orwell to Felixstowe, where it continues as the Suffolk Coast Path, though as all the waters it traces are tidal and Cattawade is pretty much on the Suffolk/Essex border, this route may be considered as the first chunk of a Greater Suffolk Coast walk.'

Description from

Stephen and Lucy Dawson

Nearby
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