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Top ten city walks

Stretch your legs with one of our top ten city walks. Explore a more tranquil world amidst the urban buzz of London, Birmingham, cities in Yorkshire, the North West and more.

Our 2,000-mile network of canals and rivers connects bustling city centres to beautiful countryside, but you don't have to leave town for a fascinating waterside walk.

We've compiled a list of our top ten city walks, following our historic canals on a journey which melds the past with the present.

We’re proud to support This Girl Can, Sport England’s initiative helping to empower women to get active. Canals and rivers are great places to get started.

City walks near me

Don't forget, we have dozens of walking routes to enjoy across England and Wales. Explore a walking route near you or find your local canal and follow your nose.

Here are some of our favourite city walks.

London walks

Yorkshire walks

Birmingham walks

North West walks

Midlands walks

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Last Edited: 09 May 2024

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