Walking routes

Walking in the great outdoors can make you feel better both physically and mentally. Our 2,000 miles of canal towpaths provide largely flat, traffic-free walking routes, taking you from the inner city right into the heart of the countryside. Take a waterside walk and feel the difference.

Walking routes near me

Take a look at our selection of walking routes on the map below. Alternatively you can find your nearest canal, places to visit and lots more on our Local to You page.

Walking routes along our canals and rivers are perfect for beginners right through to serious walkers. The path is largely level and there's little chance of getting lost, but at the same time the joy of our interlinked canal network is the boundless opportunities you have to extend your route, or explore somewhere new. 

Don't forget to bring water, suncream and appropriate footwear. 

A number of these walks have been supplied by our trusted partner organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society 

Click on the walking boot icon for route details and all the information you need. If a number of walks are in a similar location, this may appear as a number icon on the map. You can zoom in to see the individual routes.

Walking route planner

Walking routes can be tricky to plan if you're not an experienced walker. Thankfully, our linear canal network provides 2,000 miles of interesting, traffic-free footpaths. Find your nearest canal and then follow your nose, through beautiful countryside or bustling cities. Take a look at the routes provided or browse our waterway network map for inspiration.