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

It's a special place

There's still space for old-fashioned good manners to thrive on modern towpaths. Please help us by making a pledge to preserve the peace!

Pledge to Share the space Pledge to Share the space with us
Manners are important. They help to make the world a nicer place. That’s why we'd like all our towpath visitors to make a pledge have good old-fashioned manners. Claire Risino, campaign manager

smile and say hi as you go by, share the spaceMessages have been sprayed onto the towpath to encourage people to ‘smile and say hi as you go by’ and to remember that they are entering ‘a hat tipping zone’, a nod to times past when people tipped their hats or doffed their caps as a sign of respect or merely as a greeting. 

Dick Vincent with pledge cardMake a pledge to have better manners

In this age when we’re all moving a million miles an hour, the smallest of courtesies can sometimes be forgotten. We did a survey in summer 2016 to find out what people believe constitutes common courtesy.

Old-fashioned manners, like saying please and thank you, still top the list, but modern manners, such as not invading people's personal space, are becoming just as important. We also uncovered a national tendancy for 'manners-mirroring' with more than three quarters (77%) of the public admitting they are only polite to someone if that person is polite to them first.

Share the Space infographic

In response to this we’re asking people to make the first move! We're asking you to make a pledge have better manners while on the towpath so that we keep it the special place that it is. 

Download your pledge card here

Here are some suggested pledges to get you started:

  • I pledge not to look at my phone while walking along #SharetheSpace
  • I pledge to always pick up my dog’s mess when we’re out for a walk #SharetheSpace
  • I pledge to say hello to at least one person a day #SharetheSpace.
  • I pledge to smile at people #SharetheSpace
  • I pledge that if I am in a hurry, I will not to use the towpath to cycle #SharetheSpace

See what other people are saying about #SharetheSpace further down this page.

    Last date edited: 16 June 2017