Walking

We’re keeping 2,000 miles of canals and rivers open, so you have somewhere to exercise and relax while following advice to keep your distance.

Adults and children walking along towpath

A lifeline during lockdown

Local waterways have been an escape for many during these difficult times. Our work to protect them is more urgent than ever.

Canal and river walks near me

We work hard to ensure our towpaths are open and accessible so you can enjoy a waterside ramble whatever the time 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?

If you're looking for great canal or river walks, the links to the right will point you in the right direction. 

Canals on prescription

Dr Philippa Moreton actively encourages her patients to explore their local waterways to relieve stress. She believes in the healing powers of the towpath so much, she even donated money to the Trust to help protect her local canals.

Useful links