We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

We want everyone to enjoy visiting our canals and rivers. More than anything we want people to be safe – and with our towpaths busier than ever this is something that all visitors need to play a part in.

People on the towpath
"If you’re in a rush, the towpath is not the best place for you so please choose a different route.” Dick Vincent, national towpath ranger

Of course our main concern is that accidents will happen if people don’t slow down. If you're running or cycling even at a leisurely pace, you will still be travelling a lot faster than other towpath visitors. The towpath is not the place for time trials or getting your PB, so please do this elsewhere.

Remember, use common sense at all times. Children may not understand what to do if a cyclist rings their bell; joggers and cyclists need to be aware that other people may not hear or see them coming, or it simply may not be possible to get out of the way. This is why towpaths have a pedestrian priority and it is especially important for those moving quickly (cyclists and joggers) to slow down and take care going under bridges or in other places where the sight line maybe poor.

Most importantly - Please do pay attention to safety and warning signs on towpaths too. They’re there for a good reason so if it’s asking you to dismount and walk with your bike – for your own safety, that’s what you need to do.

Dick Vincent, national towpath ranger, explains:  “Whether you’re cycling, running, walking, mooring your boat or fishing, please help by being considerate of others, slowing down and remembering we are all there to enjoy the space. If you’re in a rush, the towpath is not the best place for you so please choose a different route.”

We’ll be publishing more information about dropping the pace as part of our Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign in 2017. Watch this space!

Last date edited: 14 December 2016