Walking

Walking is one of the nicest ways to explore our beautiful canals and rivers. Whether you fancy a 10 minute stroll or a vigorous all-day hike, by walking along the towpaths you’re guaranteed a traffic-free route and relaxing views of the water.

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. Read More

But, perhaps the best part of a walk by the canal is the near-obligatory rest at a waterside pub. Sit back with a refreshing drink and watch the world float by. It’s all part of the canal experience.  Or why not pack a picnic and enjoy an al fresco lunch anywhere you like? Remember, any extra calories consumed can always be walked off on the return leg.

Joining one of the guided walks that regularly take place along our canals and rivers is a great way to explore new places and meet new friends. Check our events pages for more information.

Family walking by Grand Union Canal
Family walking by Grand Union Canal