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Access for all

We want as many people as possible to experience the pleasures of walking by water. While not all routes are suitable for people with disabilities, towpaths can often be flatter and more accessible than other footpaths.

A woman sits in a wheelchair on the towpath

For people with disabilities who are looking to enjoy the waterway network, the problem can often be finding out in advance whether a route will be suitable. However, this information is becoming more readily available – many local councils provide information about accessible walks in their areas, and there are also dedicated websites where you can search for routes.

Accessible walks

Getting out into fresh air can be a great way to feel happier and healthier. Possibly the best advice for walking with a wheelchair is to make sure that the walk is suitable for your equipment and your own abilities. Always ensure the walk has the facilities that you personally need.

Last Edited: 11 September 2023

photo of a location on the canals
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