Walking and cycling in London's greatest park
There are 100 miles of canals in London offering a welcome relief from busy city streets. They are free for everyone to use and they're a haven for wildlife - it's no wonder that people refer to it as London’s greatest park.
Our towpaths connect many of the capital's famous green spaces with central routes from Regent's Park to Victoria Park and even right across London from the Lee Valley Regional Park in the east to the Colne Valley Regional Park in the west.
The Grand Union Canal with its Paddington and Slough Arms, Regents Canal, Hertford Union Canal, Lee Navigation and Limehouse Cut are great places to go for a walk, have a picnic lunch, ride a bike or take a boat for a trip. So it's no surprise that, like many other greenways in London, they're becoming more popular. There has been a 21% increase in the use of Greenways this year alone (2012).
As more people rediscover walking and cycling on our towpaths, like other places in the capital, they can sometimes become very busy, especially at peak times. This is why, with help from Transport for London and the London Boroughs, we have invested around £5 million in towpath improvement over the past five years – and we hope to do much more.
This is also why we run the 'Share the Space, Drop your Pace' campaign, which promotes courteous shared use and pedestrian priority and the Regent's Canal to help balance investment for safer, greener commuter cycling routes on roads.