Share the Space, Drop your Pace: Our towpath code

Our waterways can be very lively spaces. Visit us and you could see cyclists, walkers, boaters, anglers, kayakers and even horses pulling boats along the water. We’re proud to offer so many different opportunities to enjoy our canals and rivers.

Apsley, Grand Union Canal
Apsley, Grand Union Canal

However, having so many different activities taking place does mean that people need to share the space considerately.  To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water we asked you to help us develop a towpath code.

This is the result. It’s a common sense guide to sharing the towpath and what to expect of others.

Share the space – towpaths are popular places to be enjoyed by everyone. Please be mindful of others, keep dogs under control, and clean up after them.

Drop your pace – pedestrians have priority on our towpaths so be ready to slow down; if you’re in a hurry, consider using an alternative route for your journey.

It’s a special place – our waterways are living history, with boats, working locks and low bridges so please give way to waterway users and be extra careful where visibility is limited.

This towpath code forms part of our Better Towpaths for everyone initiative. Find out more about our mission to help everyone enjoy the waterways.

Last Updated: 18 May 2015