Towpaths

Canal & River Trust

Ramblers Holiday - June 2006The Trust is responsible for over 2,000 miles of towpath in England & Wales. Our towpaths are urban, rural and everything in between. In addition to giving access for traditional activities like boating or angling, they offer sustainable journey choices, responding to the boom in walking, jogging & cycling. The Trust also upholds the tradition of horse boating on the network where there is an opportunity and demand for it. Towpaths support diverse patterns of use at varying times of the day, weekdays and weekends.

Towpath Code

Our towpath code is a common sense guide to sharing the towpath and what to expect of others. At its heart is the Trust’s Share the Space, Drop your Pace slogan, a registered trademark.

Share the space – towpaths are popular places to be enjoyed by everyone. Please be mindful of others, keep dogs under control, and clean up after them.

Drop your pace – pedestrians have priority on our towpaths so be ready to slow down; if you’re in a hurry, consider using an alternative route for your journey.

It’s a special place – our waterways are a living heritage with boats, working locks and low bridges so please give way to waterway users and be extra careful where visibility is limited.

A National Policy for Sharing Towpaths … read more

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