Towpath walks

Paths along towpaths are generally flat, making them attractive for walkers with constraints on steep ascents, but it must be noted that they are not necessarily without steps and/or stiles. There will also be some variation to cope with canal tunnels with no towpath. This may mean that those walkers with the above-mentioned constraints will resort to a bus to cover the problematic bits.

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Coventry Canal Path

Length >60km
Max transport gap <10km

A 61km walk between the centre of Coventry and Fradley Junction.

Forth and Clyde / Union Canal Walk

Length >60km
Max transport gap <10km

A walk of 102km between Bowling and Edinburgh.

Grand Union Canal Walk

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 227km walk along the towpath of the canal between the River Thames at Brentford and Birmingham’s famous Gas Street Basin.

Image: Norwood Green

Kennet and Avon Canal Path

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 157km along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal between Reading and Bath.

Oxford Canal Path

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A walk of 129km between Oxford and Hawkesbury Junction, on the north-eastern tip of Coventry.

Image: Braunston Junction, where the Oxford Canal (right) meets the Grand Union Canal

The eastern portal of the Islington tunnel on the Regent's Canal: boats, trees, and a tiny view of the western end of the tunnel

Regent’s Canal Walk

Length <20km
Max transport gap <10km

A 14km walk along the towpath (with necessary diversions via streets to negotiate tunnels) between Little Venice and Limehouse.

Image: East portal of Islington tunnel

Royal Military Canal Path

Length <60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 45km walk alongside the Royal Military Canal between Hythe and Rye.

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