We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Walking and cycling routes on our canals and rivers

With 2,000 miles of traffic-free towpaths, our canals and rivers are great places to walk and cycle. Many lend themselves to circular routes and most have excellent transport links, allowing you to walk in one direction and get a lift back to your starting point.

Family walking along Macclesfield Canal Family walking along Macclesfield Canal

We’ve previously hosted the details of a number of different walking and cycling routes. However, when we looked at them closely we weren’t convinced that all of our routes were completely accurate.

We don’t want you to get lost trying to follow one of our routes and so we have removed them for now. However, we have recently launched a new walking routes map featuring walks from trusted partner organisations.

You can also use our maps to plan your route. You can zoom right in to see the access points and the towpath along each waterway.


Last date edited: 28 October 2016