Family walks near me

Want to get your little ones outside? A waterside walk is just the thing. With colourful boats, wonderful wildlife and working locks, there's plenty to interest all the family. Read on for our free guide to family walks near you.

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For family walking of all shapes and sizes, see our full list of waterside walking routes or find your local canal and simply follow your nose. Look out for wonderful wildlife and glimpses into the fasinating past of our canals and rivers.

Wonderful wildlife

From ducks and swans to watervoles, kingfishers and more. 

Fascinating history

Our locks, bridges and the canals themselves are over 200 years old. Look out for mileposts and rope marks - made by the towlines of boat horses in years gone by.

Family walks near me have been selected with a number of factors in mind, including length, towpath surace and wildlife/historical interest along the way. 

Read on for our favourite family-friendly walks - in no particular order. 

Powys, Wales

Buckinghamshire

Lincolnshire

Bath, Somerset

Wiltshire

Merseyside

Wrexham, Wales 

Last date edited: 18 October 2021