A summer of sport on your local canal

Feeling inspired by all the sport on TV this summer? Would you like to get outside, get active and try new things? Read on to find out what your local canal has to offer.

Two girls carrying a canoe down to the water Canoeing on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal


Why not go for a gentle jog along our beautiful towpaths and take in the amazing scenery and atmosphere along the canal? We have over 2,000 miles of traffic free towpath for you to explore. You can go as fast or as slow as you like as you to take in the sights along the canal.


If you’re not quite at the level of Chris Froome just yet and fancy a nice gentle cycle ride, then our towpaths might be just the thing you are looking for. Cycling along our towpaths is a great way of getting exercise, whilst also taking in the beautiful scenery that our canals have to offer. Please remember to Share the Space and be considerate of speed limits, and ensure you have the right equipment. A road/track bike might not be appropriate for the terrain on some of our towpaths.  You can read more about cycling on our towpaths here


If you’re into water-sports, then canoeing or kayaking is a great way of keeping fit, whilst also exploring our waterways. Anyone can take part, and there are lots of clubs based along our canals. You have the option of exploring some of our city trails. Why not check out The Olympic Park on the Bow Back Rivers in London, or Gas Street Basin in Birmingham? If you fancy something more rural the Peak Forest Canal might be a great choice. You will need a licence to canoe or kayak down our waterways, the best way to get started and to find out more is attend a starter session at a local club.  Have a look at our starter pages for further information. Alternatively, you are able to buy a short term visitor licence from our boat licensing pages.  Remember at all times to abide by water safety rules around the waterways and keep yourself safe


Rowing is good fun and a great way to keep fit, but an activity which is best practised on our rivers as opposed to our canals. Anyone can try rowing, to find out how you can get involved please contact British Rowing.

Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the UK’s fastest growing watersports.  Similar to surfing, boarders use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. It’s a great way of keeping fit as it uses all the main muscles. For more information contact the British Stand Up Paddle Association

Remember, if you’re keen you take part in any of these activities take a look at the towpath code before you take to the towpath. 

Last date edited: 12 August 2016