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www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/aire-valley-towpath

Visits to the Website625
Distance (miles)17
Starting fromLeeds City Railway Station
Overview

'Peaceful route through Leeds and out past Kirkstall Abbey, Bramley Fall, Rodley, Calverley Woods, Apperley Bridge, Buck Wood at Thackley, Shipley, Hirst Wood, Dowley Gap and the Three and Five Rise Locks at Bingley.'

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

Visits to the Website233
Distance (miles)7
Starting fromJunction Rochdale Canal, Manchester Piccadilly
Overview

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

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

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www3.hants.gov.uk/longdistance/basingstoke-canal-towpath-trail.htm

Visits to the Website474
Distance (miles)32
Starting fromGreywell
Overview

'A beautiful waterway that runs from Greywell Village in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey.'

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Views of 'Full' Record1109

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

Visits to the Website420
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromThe Blue Lias Inn, Stockton
Overview

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

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

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County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1877

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

Visits to the Website610
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromBradford-On-Avon
Overview

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

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Views of 'Full' Record932

www.somerset.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/rights-of-way/walks-and-trails-in-s...

Navigate the Website>>> Bridgwater and Taunton Canal
Visits to the Website243
Distance (miles)15
Starting fromBridgwater Docks, Bridgwater
Overview

'The 15 mile long canal path between Taunton and Bridgwater has been developed as a multi-user route to encourage walking and cycling. It forms part of the Sustrans cycle route 3. The canal path is an ideal way of passing through lowland Somerset, seeing areas of historic interest and natural beauty.'

Description from

Somerset County Council

See also

Bridgwater River and Canal Trail [iFootpath]

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Views of 'Full' Record570

canalrivertrust.org.uk/burnley-trail

Visits to the Website217
Distance (miles)4
Starting fromGannow Tunnel
Overview

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

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

Visits to the Website263
Distance (miles)22
Starting fromAire and Calder Navigation
Overview

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

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

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Views of 'Full' Record642

www.waterways.org.uk/essex_waterways/walking

Visits to the Website346
Distance (miles)14
Starting fromSpringfield Basin
Overview

'The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation is the canalisation of the Rivers Chelmer and Blackwater in Essex, in the east of England. The navigation runs for 13.75 miles (22.13 km) [1] from Springfield Basin in Chelmsford to the sea lock at Heybridge Basin near Maldon. It was opened in 1797, and remained under the control of the original company until 2003. It is now run by Essex Waterways Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Inland Waterways Association.'

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Essex Waterways

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www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Cheshire+Ring+Canal+Walk

Visits to the Website211
Distance (miles)98
Starting fromMarple
Overview

'A route following the towpaths along six historic canals of various ages and character, this Walk offers the solitude of quiet countryside, the hustle and bustle of city streets and views of the Cheshire Plain and Peak District hills. The canals are, anticlockwise from Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal to Marple; Peak Forest, Ashton and Rochdale Canals into Manchester to join the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield to follow it to Preston Brook; Trent & Mersey Canal to Hardings Wood Junction near Kidsgrove; Macclesfield Canal back to the start.'

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Cheshire Ring [Canal & River Trust] | The Cheshire Ring [Jim Shead]

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Views of 'Full' Record488

chichestercanal.org.uk/attractions/walks-wildlife/

Visits to the Website337
Distance (miles)4
Starting fromChichester Harbour
Overview

'Chichester Ship Canal passes through 4 miles of open farmland from the Basin to Chichester Harbour at Birdham. The towpath is part of the Lipchis Way and cycling is permitted. The path connects with the Bill Way at Hunston and Salterns Way at Birdham, which are long-distance cycle routes to the sea. There are information boards along the canal and also historical remains of the original navigation, including Poyntz Bridge near the basin and the Selsey tramway abutment at Hunston.'

Description from

Chichester Ship Canal Trust

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covcanalsoc.org.uk/?page_id=53

Visits to the Website390
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromCoventry Canal Basin
Overview

'The last 5.5 miles of the Coventry canal, from Hawkesbury junction to the city basin, has been developed and transformed into the City’s longest park. The park contains an art trail, pocket parks, heritage trail and towpath improvements.'

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Coventry Canal Society

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Views of 'Full' Record807

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

Visits to the Website280
Distance (miles)8
Starting fromArdrishaid
Overview

'Follow the towpath along a remote Scottish canal in an idyllic setting. Take in almost the entire route of this scenic canal - but cover no more than eight miles!'

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Scottish Canals

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www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/countryside_sites/waterways_wetlands/c...

Visits to the Website269
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromCromford Wharf
Overview

'The construction of the Cromford Canal by William Jessop and Benjamin Outram, partners in the Butterley company, was completed in 1794. It is 14.5 miles long and joined Cromford with the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill ... The canal can be explored from the towpath between Cromford Wharf and Ambergate, a distance of just over five miles.'

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www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/index.php/beside-the-canal/walking-guides

Navigate the Website>>> General Walking Information
Visits to the Website502
Distance (miles)46
Starting fromHolbeck Way
Overview

'The Chesterfield Canal is ideal for walking along its entire length. The towpath is called The Cuckoo Way and is clearly signposted for all 46 miles from Chesterfield to West Stockwith.'

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Chesterfield Canal Trust

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Views of 'Full' Record845

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Canal

Visits to the Website357
Starting fromDudley Canal
Overview

Three towpath walks which formerly were briefly described on the Canal & River Trust Website with links through to the iFootpath Website; now only on the latter Site:

* Dudley No 1 Canal to Fens Pool (6 miles)

* Along Dudley No. 2 Canal from Bumble Hole to Coombswood Bridge (6 miles)

* A walk along the Dudley Canal from Bumble Hole to Dudley Tunnel (7 miles)

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exeter.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/walking-in-exeter/other-self-guided-walks/exet...

Visits to the Website382
Starting fromExeter Canal Basin
Overview

'Information to help you choose a pleasant walk - long or short - through the Riverside Valley Park.'

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Exeter City Council

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www.theaa.com/walks/flights-of-fancy-at-foxton-locks-420134

Visits to the Website565
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromFoxton Locks
Overview

'A unique staircase of locks is the focus of this pleasant walk through the South Leicestershire countryside.'

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Foxton Locks and Foxton Inclined Plane [The Grand Union Canal in England]

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Views of 'Full' Record968

www.walkhighlands.co.uk/forth-clyde-union-canal.shtml

Visits to the Website681
Distance (miles)63
Starting fromBowling
Overview

'National Lottery funds were used to regenerate both the Forth & Clyde and Union canals as part of the Millennium celebrations in 2000 and the Falkirk Wheel, a unique boat lift, was completed in 2002 to provide a link between the two canals and allow boats to travel from the Clyde or Glasgow to Edinburgh. The towpaths of the two canals make possible a straightforward walking route between Bowling on the Clyde west of Glasgow, and Lochrin Basin in Edinburgh.'

Description from

Walkhighlands

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Views of 'Full' Record859

www.gloucesterdocks.me.uk/canal/canal.htm

Visits to the Website406
Starting fromThe Docks
Overview

'This site highlights the main features of Gloucester Docks and the 16 mile ship canal link to Sharpness Docks and the sea. Brief details are given about the history of what can be seen today, with many comparisons of old and recent views. Information is also provided about facilities of interest to visitors, vessels and people associated with the waterway and plans for developments.'

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Hugh Conway-Jones

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1579

www.waterways.org.uk/waterways/canals_rivers/grand_union_canal_leicester_line/gr...

Navigate the Website>>> Guide to the Leicester Line [ISSUU]
Visits to the Website180
Distance (miles)41
Starting fromNorton Junction
Overview

'The Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal runs from Norton Junction on the main line of the Grand Union Canal to the River Soar Navigation at West Bridge in Leicester. The Canal is 41.2 (66.5 km) miles long and has 41 locks. There are arms to: Welford (1.6 miles - 2.6 km - 1 lock - joins at Welford Junction) and  Market Harborough (5.5 miles - 7.7 km - no locks - joins at Foxton Junction).'

See also

Leicester Line Canal Walk [LDWA]

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Views of 'Full' Record469

www.threerivers.gov.uk/Default.aspx/Web/Bridleways

Navigate the Website>>> Walking and Cycling the Grand Union Canal Towpath [PDF]
Visits to the Website380
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromLeavesden
Overview

'The Grand Union Canal wends its way from London to Birmingham through city, town and country. Improvements to the towpath between Watford and Rickmansworth provide a good, flat surface for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.'

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Views of 'Full' Record633

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

Visits to the Website563
Distance (miles)147
Starting fromPaddington
Overview

'The Grand Union Canal runs for 147 miles from Paddington right into the heart of Birmingham. As it links the two biggest cities in Britain it was a major transport link before the coming of the railways, although nowadays it is almost exclusively used by pleasure craft.'

Martin Loach has produced a detailed photographic description of the route.

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Views of 'Full' Record1010

www.devon.gov.uk/grand_western_canal

Visits to the Website454
Distance (miles)11
Starting fromTiverton
Overview

'The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside and quiet villages between Tiverton and Lowdwells (near the Somerset border).'

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Views of 'Full' Record1074

www.granthamcanal.org

Navigate the Website>>> The Canal >>> Using the Canal >>> Linear Walks / Circular Walks
Visits to the Website677
Distance (miles)33
Starting fromGrantham
Overview

The route from Trent Lock to Grantham divided into six walks (plus a dozen circular walks).

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Grantham Canal Society

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www.whitenap.plus.com/itchen/itchen_acess.htm

Visits to the Website476
Distance (miles)11
Starting fromWoodmill
Overview

'At a total distance of about 11 miles between Woodmill and Winchester, the Itchen Navigation can be walked from end to end in a day by anyone reasonably fit. Alternatively the walk can be split into shorter sections ... Now designated part of the Itchen Way (running from Woolston to Cheriton), much of the path that follows the Navigation is not in the best of repair although passable. Parts of the path are eroded and, as it was originally built out of chalk rubble, the path can be quite slippery in all but the driest weather.'

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Southampton Canal Society

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Views of 'Full' Record3773

www.kennet-avon-canal.co.uk

Visits to the Website458
Distance (miles)57
Overview

'Wandering across some of England's most beautiful countryside the Kennet and Avon canal links England's Canals via the River Thames at Reading with the Bristol Channel. As the canal's name suggest it's partially a river navigation since it uses the River Kennet between Reading and Newbury and the River Avon between Bath and Bristol. The purely "canal" part of the waterway is 57 miles in length out of a total distance of 100.25 miles.'

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John Fox

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1215

www.lagancanaltrust.org/pdf/walkingguide.pdf

Visits to the Website312
Distance (miles)16
Starting fromAghagallon
Overview

'The Lagan Canal offers an opportunity to walk along a forgotten history that helped shape Ulster, encunter wildlife, enjoy peace and tranquility, and experience this nationally important heritage site ... The remains of the Canal exist from Lough Neagh to Belfast stretching west to east with the main access route being the M1 motorway.'

Description from

Lagan Canal Trust

See also

Lagan Towpath [WalkNI]

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Views of 'Full' Record718

www.laganvalley.co.uk/audiotrails.html

Visits to the Website305
Distance (miles)11
Starting fromUnion Locks
Overview

'The audio trails take you on a journey among local heritage and wildlife within the heart of Belfast and Lisburn. Following the Lagan Towpath this 11 mile stretch of shared pathway follows the route of the Lagan Navigation which is made up of sections of man-made canal and the River Lagan.'

Description from

Lagan Valley Regional Park

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Views of 'Full' Record878

www.towpathtreks.co.uk

Visits to the Website337
Distance (miles)126
Starting fromOld Hall Street
Overview

'This is my guide to  the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. This site has hundreds of annotated photographs which I hope you will find interesting whether you enjoy walking, cycling or just taking a virtual trek along the towpaths of Britain's canals. '

Description from

Towpath Treks

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Leeds and Liverpool Canal [Gerry Cordon: That's How The Light Gets In]

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Views of 'Full' Record863

www.lhcrt.org.uk/lctrail.htm

Visits to the Website187
Distance (miles)7
Starting fromCatshill Junction
Overview

'Take a walk along the Lichfield Canal's Heritage Towpath Trail and discover a world of fascinating industrial and cultural history, find Lichfield's top places to visit and enjoy an important corridor for wildlife and nature.'  A work in progress - comments invited!

See also

Lichfield Canal [Wikipedia] | The Wyrley and Essington Canal [David John Hodgkinson]

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Views of 'Full' Record389

www.imvisitinglondon.com/limehousecut.html

Visits to the Website335
Distance (miles)2
Starting fromLimehouse Basin
Overview

'The Limehouse Cut was the first navigable canal to be dug in London and provides a pleasant and interesting green walk between Limehouse Basin in the west and the River Lea to the east ... The walk is about 2.5 kilometres in length to the Lea Navigation at Bow Locks and 3 kilometres in length to Three Mills.'

Description from

Hugo Marchant

See also

Three Mills and the Canals [AA Walks and Bike Rides]

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Views of 'Full' Record1427

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

Visits to the Website452
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromWarwick Avenue Underground Station
Overview

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

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

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Regents Canal [Annierak]

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Views of 'Full' Record857

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

Visits to the Website323
Distance (miles)46
Starting fromHurleston Junction
Overview

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

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

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record740

www.grandunioncanal.co.uk/Market-Harborough-Arm.html

Visits to the Website374
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromFoxton Locks
Overview

'A walk along The Market Harborough Canal Arm towpath from Foxton to Market Harborough and returning across countryside partly alongside the Leicester Canal.'

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Views of 'Full' Record718

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

Navigate the Website>>> Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
Visits to the Website391
Distance (miles)35
Starting fromBrecon
Overview

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

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Views of 'Full' Record864

www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/montgomerycanal.html

Visits to the Website330
Distance (miles)35
Starting fromFrankton Junction
Overview

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

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

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record987

www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/newry-canal-towpath

Visits to the Website400
Distance (miles)20
Starting fromPortadown
Overview

'This cycle and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Town Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the, now non-navigable, Newry Canal.'

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Views of 'Full' Record848

www.broxtowe.gov.uk

Navigate the Website>>> A-Z of Services 'Walking' >>> Nottingham Canal Trail
Visits to the Website311
Distance (miles)17
Starting fromWollaton
Overview

'A linear walk of 14km (8.7 miles) from Wollaton to Langley Mill. An optional return along the Erewash Canal makes a round trip of 27.3km (17 miles).'

Description from

Broxtowe Borough Council

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Views of 'Full' Record632

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

Visits to the Website469
Distance (miles)83
Starting fromHawkesbury Junction
Overview

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

Walks described here by
See also

Oxford Canal [Canal Guide]

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record847

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

Visits to the Website308
Distance (miles)15
Starting fromPortland Basin, Ashton-Under-Lyne
Overview

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

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Views of 'Full' Record729

www.denbighshirecountryside.org.uk/rural-walks/

Navigate the Website>>> 2 - Dyfrbont Pontcysyllte [PDF]
Visits to the Website388
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromLlangollen
Overview

'Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the largest in Britain, is an awesome testament to the genius of its designer, Thomas Telford. It took 10 years to build at a cost of £47,000, using local sandstone and iron cast at the Plas Kynaston foundry, near Wrexham ...'

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County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record847

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

Visits to the Website448
Distance (miles)33
Starting fromNew Islington
Overview

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

Walks described here by
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Rochdale Canal [Canal Guide] | My Rochdale Canal

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County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1082

www.royalmilitarycanal.com

Navigate the Website>>> Walking
Visits to the Website588
Distance (miles)28
Starting fromSeabrook
Overview

'Runs for 28 miles along the entire length of the Royal Military Canal from Seabrook, Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex. The route treads a path between the vast openness of the Romney Marsh and the old cliff line with its wooded hills and quiet villages. '

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Views of 'Full' Record974

www.rotherhamweb.co.uk/gallery/river/lock.htm

Visits to the Website80
Starting fromVictoria Quays
Overview

'In common with other waterways based on natural rivers, there is no consistent towpath along the length of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation. However, you can walk between Sheffield Basin and Rotherham Lock, between Mexborough, Conisbrough, Sprotbrough and Doncaster ...  Improvements to the towpath have created a canalside walking route from the city centre out to Meadowhall shopping centre. The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal found big-screen fame in 1997, appearing in the opening scenes of the comedy film The Full Monty.'

Description from

Rotherham Web

See also

Sheffield & Tinsley Canal [Canal & River Trust]

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County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record353

www.audlem.org/tourism-heritage/walks.html

Visits to the Website323
Distance (miles)7
Starting fromAudlem
Overview

'Audlem is famous for its run of 15 locks on the Shropshire Union Canal. With its canalside pubs and attractive towpath, the walk alongside the locks is one of the finest in lowland England. Interpretration panels by the towpath in Audlem describe the operation of locks and the canal's history.'

Description from

AudlemOnline

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Views of 'Full' Record575

www.grandunioncanal.co.uk/Slough-Canal-Arm.html

Visits to the Website262
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromCowley Peachey Junction, Grand Union Canal
Overview

'The 5 mile long Slough Arm travels in a fairly straight line from the Grand Union Canal at Cowley Peachey Junction into Slough terminating by Stoke Poges Road.'

See also

Iver and the Slough Arm [iFootpath]

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Views of 'Full' Record683

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_Space_Walk

Visits to the Website444
Distance (miles)7
Starting fromMaunsel Lock
Overview

'Sculpture trail model of the solar system, located in Somerset, England. The model uses the towpath of the 22-kilometre (14-mile) Bridgwater and Taunton Canal to display a model of the Sun and its planets in their proportionally correct sizes and distances apart. Unusually for a solar system model, there are two sets of planets.

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Views of 'Full' Record2498

www.discoverthemerseyforest.co.uk

Navigate the Website>>> Walks >>> St Helens Canal
Visits to the Website288
Distance (miles)4
Starting fromEarlestown Railway Station
Overview

'Many people confuse the St Helens Canal with the Sankey Brook, which is quite understandable as the canal does run parallel to the line of the brook; indeed it once provided water for the canal. Another source of water was the Carr Mill Dam which nowadays offers a magnificent haven for wildlife and waterfowl.'

Description from

Discover The Mersey Forest

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Views of 'Full' Record646

www.canalguide.co.uk/canals/britain_canal_stafford.htm

Visits to the Website348
Distance (miles)46
Starting fromGreat Haywood
Overview

'This fascinating and very pretty canal was orginally constructed in 1772 by James Brindley to link the docks at Bristol and the towns of Gloucester and Worcester with the Potteries region in Stoke on Trent and the Birmingham conurbation, via the Trent and Mersey Canal to which it links at Great Hayward junction ... '

Description from

Canal Guide

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record661

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

Visits to the Website419
Distance (miles)26
Starting fromKing's Norton
Overview

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

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Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record706

www.swanseacanalsociety.com/the-swansea-canal-its-trail/

Visits to the Website314
Distance (miles)17
Starting fromClydach
Overview

'Constructed 1794-1798 by the Swansea Canal Navigation Company, the canal rose 375 feet through 36 locks from sea level at Swansea up the valley to Abercraf. Built to carry coal down to industries in the Lower Swansea Valley and for export, this new link to the sea enabled development all along the valley of industries and the towns we know today.'

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Swansea Canal Society

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record646

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

Visits to the Website281
Distance (miles)9
Starting fromTame Valley Junction, Wednesbury
Overview

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

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See also

Tame Valley Canal & Rushall Canal [Canal Routes]

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record628

cotswoldcanals.com/a-quick-guide/

Visits to the Website344
Distance (miles)45
Starting fromFramilode
Overview

'The Rivers Thames and Severn are once again connected - this time by footpath. The footpath, known the Thames & Severn Way, has been marked out by volunteers from the Cotswold Canals Trust. It mainly follows the towpaths of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal between Framilode and Lechlade, but in places deviates on to other rights of way, such as the Thames Path.'

See also

The Cotswold Canals Walk [Countryside-Matters, 2013) and Exploring the Thames & Severn Canal (Cotswold Canals in Pictures)

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1107

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

Visits to the Website434
Distance (miles)95
Starting fromRuncorn
Overview

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

Walks described here by
See also

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

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record871

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

Visits to the Website440
Starting fromAround and About
Overview

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

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Locality
County (Historic)
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canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/1874.pdf

Visits to the Website473
Starting fromAround and About
Overview

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

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Walsall Canal

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record951

www.buckscc.gov.uk/environment/rights-of-way/exploring-the-countryside/walks-and...

Navigate the Website>>> Wendover Arm [PDF]
Visits to the Website248
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromHalton
Overview

'A 6 mile canalside walk with facilities for wheelchair users and pushchairs and a series of circular walks based on the Wendover Arm.'

Walks described here by
See also

Wendover Arm Trust | The Wendover Canal Arm in England [The Grand Union Canal in England]

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record621

www.wbct.org.uk

Navigate the Website>>> Download Leaflets [PDFs]
Visits to the Website459
Overview

'Restoring the historic path for the community and nature. Creating a long distance path from Bath to Oxford ... The Trust has produced a number of walks leaflets which you can download ...'

Description from

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1210

visitwestlothian.co.uk/see-do/

Navigate the Website>>> Walks >>> Winchburgh Canal Walk
Visits to the Website289
Distance (miles)6
Starting fromTally Ho Hotel, Winchburgh
Overview

'This is a peaceful walk along the canal side where you will find plenty of wildlife.'

Description from

Visit West Lothian

Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1358

www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/worcester-and-birmingham-c...

Visits to the Website456
Distance (miles)31
Starting fromGas Street Basin
Overview

'After leaving Birmingham you enter the countryside and will encounter a series of locks including Tarddebigge lock flight. With 30 locks in about 2 miles, Tarddebigge is the longest in the country, and also one of the steepest.'

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Locality
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record942

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