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Richard Higginbottom

Richard is a lead towpath ranger and our resident expert on the Regent’s Canal. He is famous for wearing his Canal & River Trust bowler hat on the very popular walks he leads every other Sunday (and open days) from Angel Tube to Camden Market.

Richard Higgenbottom, dressed as a Lollipopman for a Share the Space event Richard Higgenbottom, dressed as a Lollipopman for a Share the Space event
"His regular guided walks create a special Sunday morning for both enthusiasts and those new to canals, every other week." Dick Vincent

Name: Richard Higginbottom

Volunteer role: Lead towpath ranger

Location: London

Our national towpath ranger, Dick Vincent, tells us more about Richard:

"Volunteers towpath rangers are the main delivery team for the Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign in London. The capital’s towpaths are now busier than ever before, so the efforts of Richard and his team are felt by literally thousands of people every day. His regular guided walks create a special Sunday morning for both enthusiasts and those new to canals, every other week. He also coordinates pop-up events and towpath ranger activities in east London – some of the busiest towpaths in the country.

Astounding encyclopaedic knowledge

"Richard is our longest serving volunteer towpath ranger and very much set the mould as to what they should be. He was instrumental in creating “Share the Space, Drop your Pace”. As a leader, he is a constant guide and companion to other rangers and encourages the hundreds of attendees of his walks to join in too.

"He stands out for many reasons: his hat, his friendly face and the astounding encyclopaedic knowledge and passion he has for the Regent’s Canal – something he gives freely and with great enthusiasm to all."

Last date edited: 1 June 2017