8 of the best summer canal walks

8 of the best summer canal walks


A country walk at Blue Lias, Warwickshire (5.5 miles)

This scenic route takes you along the canal towpath and through nearby fields. Try to walk this route on a clear day when you'll be able to see seven counties from Napton Hill, the 12th-century St Michael's Church and the beautiful Stockton Reservoir.

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Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead (11 miles)

Nature and history lovers will particularly enjoy this walk in Hertfordshire which takes in three commons and a wood, two pretty villages, an old coal wharf, a 16th-century manor house, an old paper mill and a famous malted drink factory.

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River and canal around Saul Junction (10 miles)

The idyllic views of the river and canals around Saul Junction will make you eager to see what's around the next corner – 10 miles will fly by! The Passage Inn is conveniently situated half way round.

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A rural walk around the Welford Arms (3 miles)

You can really get away from it all along this quiet, rural arm of the Grand Union Canal.

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Hatton Locks to the Wilderness (5 miles)

This circular route passes by the attractive flight of locks at Hatton and conveniently passes by three refreshment stops.

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Newtown to Welshpool on the Severn Way (9 miles)

Follow the towpath of the Montgomery Canal for this relatively gentle section of the Severn Way. If you don't fancy the full 9 miles, public transport makes it possible to end your walk at several locations.

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Walk around Devizes (6 miles)

This beautiful Wiltshire town needs no introduction. Be sure to take the time to visit the amazing Caen Hill lock flight while you're in the area.

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Bingley Circular Walk (4 miles)

Beautiful countryside and a historic flight of locks; this circular walk must offer one of the nicest ways to spend an afternoon in West Yorkshire.

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