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Walk to school on our towpaths

It's almost time to go back to school. Here at the Trust we’ve got the perfect way to help your kids cut out the traffic and get to school safe, sound and with a spring in their step.

Children having fun along the canal

There's over 2,000 miles of towpaths all over the country. In busy towns and cities our canals are a peaceful green corridor, creating a safe, traffic-free way to get around.

Safe, open and connected, the towpath is the perfect way to get where you want to go. It's a place for young minds to come alive, arriving at school feeling energised, healthier and ready to learn. So give it a try, check out our canal map and let your kids take a fresh look at their local waterway.

A safer way to get to school, refreshed and ready for the day.

Our canals and rivers are more alive than ever before. We're passionate about giving people of all ages amazing places to walk, to breathe, to run, jump, cycle and play.

We've made it easy for young people to get involved in what we do. So if a new way to walk to school lights a spark, we've got loads of ways to get kids engaged. From volunteering and apprenticeships to the exciting work of our youth engagement team, it's all about bringing young minds together to learn new skills, make a positive change in their community and improve the natural habitat of the wildlife that lives there too.

A new way to walk to school might be the start of a bigger, brighter future.

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Last Edited: 21 August 2019

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