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A-Z of WALKS and CATEGORIES

Type of Walk: Towpath Walks

'Encompasses both vibrant urban areas and beautiful countryside, taking you on a peaceful route through Leeds and out past Kirkstall Abbey, Bramley Fall, Rodley, Calverley Woods, Apperley Bridge, B ...
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Category Leeds

'Cyclists are to get a major boost as work to upgrade the towpath along the Ashton Canal begins as part of Greater Manchester's Cycle City programme.' [Canal & River Trust News (10 Feb ...
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Category Tameside

'Different parts of the canal hold their own surprises such as the flights of locks in Surrey, the lakes and flashes near Mytchett or the rolling fields and picturesque cottages near Odiham. There ...
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Category 2: 26-50 Miles

'There is an extensive car park in Bradford-on-Avon adjacent to the railway station.' (You can also use the train between Bath and Bradford-On-Avon.)


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Category West Wiltshire

'This beautiful Somerset canal might be cut off from the rest of the system, but its well-maintained towpath and fascinating lock structures make for idyllic walking and peaceful boating.'


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Category Sedgemoor

'If you’re walking the trail with children, download the free activity sheet. It is full of extra interesting information and fun activities about the canal and how people used it.'


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Category Burnley

'The Navigation starts in Wakefield, where there is an end-on junction with the Aire and Calder Navigation and runs upstream through Mirfield, after which there is a junction with the Hudd ...
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Category Wakefield

'Walkers will find the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation towpath easy to follow throughout the length of the Navigation, and obvious where it changes from one bank to the other. It can b ...
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Category Chelmsford

'The idea of circular cruising routes is probably as old as pleasure cruising on the canals but it was not until 1965 that the term "ring" was applied to what had previously been called the Peak Fo ...
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Category Stockport

'There are several benches along the towpath to sit and appreciate the peace and quiet of the canal and to watch the wildlife ... You can get refreshments at each end of towpath from the Canal Cent ...
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Category Chichester

'The art trail is not only for canal and towpath users but also the local residents, thus not all of the artwork is visible from the canal. Local schools and resident groups, working with artists, ...
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Category Coventry

'The story of "the most beautiful shortcut in the world" began in 1771 when James Watt surveyed the district to find a course for the canal, originally planned by John Rennie. Read More...

Category Argyllshire

'We manage the section from Cromford to Ambergate for recreation and wildlife. The Canal has a very rich and diverse wildlife running through the attractive Derwent Valley and part of it has been d ...
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Category Amber Valley

'Goes through tranquil countryside where scarcely a house can be seen; has some of the earliest staircase locks ever built (240 years ago); is hugely popular with walkers; has some of the best cana ...
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Category Chesterfield

'The Dudley Canal is a canal passing though Dudley in the West Midlands of England ... The first short section, which connected to the Stourbridge Canal, opened in 1779, and this was connected thro ...
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Category Dudley

Exeter Ship Canal Walk 1 - Canal Basin to Double Locks Pub - - - : Walk 2 - Double Locks Pub to Topsham Lock Keepers Cottage - - - : Walk 3 - Lock Keepers Cottage to Turf Hotel.


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Category Exeter

Towpath 'Vessels were originally towed along the canal by horses, but their use declined after steam tugs were introduced in 1860. The towpath is nominally open for walkers and cyclists al ...
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Category Gloucester

'By amalgamating various canal companies, the Grand Union Canal was formed to link London with the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire coalfields and Birmingham under single ownership. The Leicester Line pr ...
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Category 2: 26-50 Miles

'Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the canal or use the route as a traffic free journey to work away from busy roads ... There is so much to see and do along the way ... For those wanting to explo ...
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Category Three Rivers

'I walked the Grand Union Canal in sections between 1999 and 2001, extending it slightly by adding the Regents Canal from Mile End in East London to the southern end. The walk passes throu ...
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Category Westminster

'Extending for eleven and a quarter miles, the Country Park provides a wonderful location to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride along the towpath; experience a ride onboard the much-loved horse-dr ...
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Category Mid Devon

'The aim of the Grantham Canal Society is to open the Canal all the way from Grantham through to the River Trent, bringing an element of tourism to the area, and recreating a beautiful wat ...
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Category South Kesteven

'Using public transport it is fairly easy to make a one way walk into a round trip. The Winchester to Southampton railway line parallels the waterway and the train is a convenient way to do this. S ...
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Category Winchester

'Our topics about the Kennet and Avon Canal are split over several pages going West to East: [1] The start at Reading to Garston Turf-sided Lock - - - : [2] Sulhamstead via Aldermaston to Newbury - ...
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Category Reading

'The towpath exists today in 3 distinct sections and the maps in the Guide are divided accordingly: [1] Aghagallon Towpath (1.5 miles) - - - : [2] Aghalee to Moira Towpath (3.1 miles) - - - : [3] U ...
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'Construction of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal was started in 1770 and the canal was finally completed in 1816. Originally limestone was expected to be the main cargo but coal became the ...
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Category Liverpool

'Over 80 points of interest have been identified along the Trail. The points are split over 8 sections, plus an additional section on Lichfield City Centre attractions. Links will take you to a pag ...
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Category Lichfield

'The scenic towpath passes under roads and railways providing an unusual viewpoint of an area which is full of history. In the 18th and 19th century the canals were the freight arteries of the coun ...
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Category Tower Hamlets

'An area rich in history, this corner of London has played a significant part in the capital's development both economically and culturally. Boasting former residents of writers, artists and invent ...
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Category Westminster

'Elsewhere, the rural Llangollen Canal is also popular with walkers, particularly at beauty spots such as Horseshoe Falls and Blake Mere. Following the canal to the Llangollen end will tak ...
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The Walk 'goes from Foxton Lock-keepers cottage on the Leicester Canal on down the lock-flight then heads of along the Arm to Market Harborough - returning back across country to Foxton. There is j ...
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Category 0: 01-10 Miles

'The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal draws people, nature and history together. Flowing through the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, making it a must for nature lover ...
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Category Brecknockshire

Pete's Montgomery Canal Photo-site 'My original aim in constructing the photo-site was to share with you a selection of the many photo's that I took during restoration work on the Montgome ...
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Category North Shropshire

'Built to transport coal from Coalisland in County Tyrone to Dublin via Lough Neagh, Portadown, Newry and the Irish Sea, the Newry Canal was opened in 1742 and operated for almost 200 years until i ...
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Category 1: 11-25 Miles

'The route is initially straightforward except at Trowell Garden Centre, where a signed route diverts the walker back to the towpath at Swansea Bridge and at the M1, where steps lead down ...
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Category Nottingham

'The canal takes you from the beautiful university city of Oxford to the three spires of Coventry. The southern part of the canal remains largely unaltered, its winding course untouched by mid-19th ...
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'The Peak Forest Canal boasts two Scheduled Ancient Monuments in its 15-mile length – the grand, three-arch Marple Aqueduct and the historic Bugsworth Basin. Bugsworth Ba ...
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Category Cheshire East

'Enjoy a quiet walk along the towpath ... It can be uneven in places and muddy in wet weather, so bring suitable shoes or boots. Don't forget your camera and binoculars.'


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Category 0: 01-10 Miles

'... It was made watertight by sealing the joints with a mixture of flannel and lead dipped in boiling sugar! The canal finally opened in 1805 amidst great celebration. It was hoped that it would p ...
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Category Denbighshire

'The Rochdale Canal re-opened to boats in 2002 after an ambitious volunteer restoration project that brought an end to more than 50 years without through navigation. Obstacles had included ...
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Category Manchester

'Walking along the quiet canal banks today it is easy to forget that this was once the scene of intense military activity. Now, much of the drama on the canal comes from the variety of wildlife tha ...
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'The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal is fine example of an industrial canal that has found a new lease of life. Victoria Quays, in Sheffield has been regenerated and is now a bustling waterf ...
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Category South Yorkshire

'The towpath is extremely well maintained and walkers have the choice of a southerly walk towards Coxbank and Market Drayton which passes the majority of the locks. The walk is particularly attract ...
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Category Cheshire East

'It is interesting that the big thing these days in England is to get people out and about for some healthy exercise etc. - canals and their towpaths are ideal for this be it walking or cycling ... ...
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Category Slough

'The trail can be walked either from Taunton's Brewhouse Theatre to Maunsel Lock (Pluto to the Sun) or from Bridgwater's Morrison's Supermarket to Maunsel Lock (also Pluto to the Sun) or of course, ...
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Category Sedgemoor

'Following part of the towpath and passing close to an historic village, this route offer stretches of surprisingly attractive scenery.'


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Category St Helens

'The Staffs and Worcester canal fell into decline and it was not until the 1960ies with the increasing popularity of pleasure boating that it became well used once again. It is very pretty along it ...
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Category Stafford

The Website of the Stratford upon Avon Canal Society provides 'a series of diagrammatic maps of the Stratford upon Avon Canal with information for walkers and boaters and some historical p ...
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'A late addition to the Birmingham Canal Navigations, the Tame Valley Canal is typified by high embankments and deep cuttings. It crosses over the M5 on a dramatic aqueduct, before dropping through ...
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Category Sandwell

'The canal ran for 37 miles, but the new Thames & Severn Way covers 45 miles. In places, especially east of Sapperton Tunnel, the path deviates away from the canal. The route has been ...
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Category Stroud

'The Cheshire Locks, the long flight of locks which drops the canal down from Stoke-on-Trent to the Cheshire Plain, have been mischievously renamed "Heartbreak Hill" by generations of leis ...
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Category Halton

'Walking and cycling is an ideal way to appreciate the diversity of Sandwell's 14 historic canals and branches ... This handy guide is a brief introduction to some of the great walks and cycle rout ...
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Category Sandwell

'The Wendover Arm links the picturesque village of Wendover in Buckinghamshire with the main Grand Union Canal at the Tring Summit in Hertfordshire. Nestled in the Chiltern Hills, the cana ...
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Category Aylesbury Vale

'Abingdon: Explore the new and historic routes of the Wilts & Berks Canal ... Melksham: A walk along The Lost Waterway of Melksham ... Shrivenham: Walks around Bourton & Shrivenham ... Swindon: ...
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Category Wiltshire

'The Edinburgh to Falkirk Union Canal passes through Winchburgh. It follows a contour south to Broxburn and eventually Edinburgh. Westwards it goes through Linlithgow, and ...
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Category West Lothian

'This is a nice easy waterside walk, suitable for all walkers.'


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Category Birmingham

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