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Top ten rural canal walks

Follow our canals and rivers on a rural walk through beautiful countryside. Our towpaths lead you to a tranquil world of birdsong and rippling reflections, where you can relax, recharge and feel better by water.

Friends walking by the canal in winter

Our 2,000 mile network of canals and rivers connects bustling city centres to peaceful countryside. In the year our charity celebrates its tenth anniversary, we've compiled a list of our top ten rural walks.

Rural walks near me

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

But for now, in no particular order, here are some of our favourite rural walks.

Yorkshire canal walks

Canal walks in the Midlands

Canal walks in Wales

Buckinghamshire canal walk

South west walk

Canal walks in Cheshire

Lunch next to the canal

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Last Edited: 28 November 2022

photo of a location on the canals
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