Our Share the Space campaign encourages everyone to be considerate when using the towpaths. Canals and rivers can be very lively spaces. Visit us and you could see cyclists, walkers, boaters, anglers, kayakers and even horses pulling boats along the water.
Having so many different activities taking place does mean that people need to share the space considerately. To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water we asked you to help us develop a towpath code.
This is the result. It’s a common sense guide to sharing the towpath and what to expect of others.
1. Share the space – towpaths are popular places to be enjoyed by everyone. Please be mindful of others, keep dogs under control, and clean up after them.
2. Drop your pace – pedestrians have priority on our towpaths so cyclists need to be ready to slow down; if you’re in a hurry, consider using an alternative route for your journey.
3. It’s a special place – our waterways are living history, with boats, working locks and low bridges so please give way to waterway users and be extra careful where visibility is limited.
We’re asking people to make a pledge to remember their manners while on the towpath so that we keep it a special place for everyone. You can read our suggested pledges here. Please make your pledge today using the hashtag #SharetheSpace.
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Last date edited: 23 September 2016