Canal Walks Near Me

Who doesn’t love a relaxing Canal walk? Seeing the beautiful countryside, with stunning views whilst breathing in the fresh air of mother nature. We want to show you the best and most beautiful Canal Walks near you!

With a wide range of walking routes and cycling routes, why not take a relaxing walk this winter? You can grab a hot drink whilst seeing the majestic countryside. 

So grab your walking boots and let’s find the best British countryside walks for you!

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Canal Walks in Scotland

Monkland Canal Pathway

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This majestic canal is 19.7km long with a wide range of walking routes and greenery. On your walk here, you will see a wide range of wildlife, beautiful sceneries and lakes too. This is a great day out to spend walking around the canal or even taking your bike down to take a relaxing ride. On your walk, you will see the great oak trees which will look amazing when the snow falls this winter. 

There is a wide range of open trails and you can even grab a hot drink at the local cafe too. Great for taking an evening walk.

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Airdrie, Coatbridge ML5 4UT

Scottish Canals

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A very popular Canal walk in Scotland. The Scottish canals hold 137 miles with 235 bridges and 19 reservoirs. With 5 main canal walks here, from the Union Canal to the Crinan Canal. You will have a chance to see a wide range of up-close views and enjoy the relaxing walking routes.

On your walks, you have a chance to learn about the historic locks,  the history and even see the beautiful wildlife. There are also many fascinating monuments, such as the Falkirk wheel and many more.

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Canal House, 1 Applecross St, Glasgow G4 9SP

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Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

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Canal Walks in Ireland

The Royal Canal Way, Barberstown

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With the beautiful greenery and the blue canal waters. This is a picture-perfect walk for you and the family to enjoy together. With different walking routes, you have the chance to see different parts of the villages.

On your walk, you have the chance to see the different birds, grass banks and bridges which overlook the canals. Now, this sounds like a relaxing view worth visiting.

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Jackson's Bridge, Royal Canal, L5041, Laraghbryan East, Co. Kildare, Ireland

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Lough Allen Canal

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With beautiful walkways and old canal towpaths. This amazing walk in Ireland is great for an evening walk. The mass amount of greenery, benches and river canals.

You can enjoy the relaxing views of your walks or even have a picnic on the bankside. You can also walk along the little bridges and see the waterfalls below you. The sound of the canal waterfalls will let you connect with nature.

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Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Canal Walks in Wales

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

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This Welsh Canal is a secret hideaway filled with many majestic views, blue waters and adventurous walking routes. You have a chance to walk through the beautiful forests alongside the canal. There are also rocky bridges around this amazing location letting you see the amazing countryside around you.

Before going on your walking route, why not take a look at the marina at Goytre Wharf? You can even have the chance to take a trip on the canal boats and see all of the canal rivers along the way! With over 35 miles of walking routes, this is definitely a winter walking route that you and your family can do together.

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Abergavenny

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Chirk Aqueduct

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A 1.43km canal leading from Chirk Bank to Gledrid Bridge. You have a chance to see the beautiful canal, the rocky bridges and the different waterways. There are different canal boats that run along this canal walk. You can have a chance to sit back and relax whilst seeing the majestic architecture. 

You also can see the amazing green scenery around you. This would be a great canal walk to take the family in late spring whilst the flowers are starting to bloom.

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Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5DA

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Canal Walks in North East England

Loughborough Canal Walk

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You have the chance to see a beautiful river at this nature reserve. With a 13-mile route and 12 lakes, this is a canal walk you wouldn’t want to miss out on. The little ones will be able to enjoy the relaxing walk. You and your partner can even walk a couple of miles chatting away with a nice hot drink! 

This canal walk is home to different woodlands, the scenic canal and flower meadows. This will be a beautiful walk to visit in the late spring, seeing the flowers bloom.

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Purnell Walk, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8XJ

Herrington Country Park

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One of the largest parks in Sunderland. This relaxing country park has a wide range of walking routes, beautiful lakes and sculptures for the whole family to enjoy. Check out our blog on Herrington Country Park for more information.
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Chester Rd, Penshaw, New Herrington, Houghton le Spring DH4 7EL

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Country Walks in North West England

Lancaster Canal

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With 41 miles of walking routes, this is one of the longest stretches in the country. You can enjoy a chance for walking, cycle or even canoe along the river! Along your walking route, the Lancaster Canal will give you a chance to see the green countryside, mountains and cliffs in the skyline. Now, this sounds like a picture-perfect moment. The whole family will love seeing this together.

Your walk will also consist of seeing fresh green grass and different species of birds sitting in the canal. There may even be a chance for you to see some cows or horses too! The little ones will love this!

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Preston

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Bridgewater Canal

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With a 65km canal and 250 years of history. This is known as one of the first canals in England. The Bridgewater Canal will let you see the beautiful village, greenery and boaters along the water. Along your walk, you will be able to see the amazing skyline and bridges letting you walk from one side to the other.

Why not book yourself a boat ride along the canal? You can see the beautiful stretch of the canal, the different birds and the big oak trees along the way.

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Bridgewater Canal

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Canal Walks in South East England

Regent’s Canal Walk

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Opened in 1820, this canal was named after the Prince Regent who later became King George IV. You can have the chance to explore London on a relaxing boat with snacks and hot drinks.

You can even walk along Regent’s canal, seeing the wide range of shops and restaurants. Along your walk, you can even see the many grand Georgian buildings and pick up a coffee on your walk. London isn’t only about city life, you can enjoy the sounds of the canals. So come on down to this amazing walk and let London life unfold in front of your eyes.

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City Rd, London N1 8AP

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Wey & Arun Canal Trust

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Are you ready to see an amazing forest? This canal passes through a rural landscape you have the chance to see locks, a scenic canal and different wildlife too. On your walking route, you can see the huge trees, green scenery and the river in the distance too. Why not book a boat trip for you and the family? You can see the canal & river on your walk.

This will be a great walk for the autumn time when the leaves turn brown and are falling onto the forest floor.

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High St, Loxwood, Billingshurst RH14 0RD

Opening Times

Wednesday & Friday 11am-2pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm

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Canal Walks in South West England

Avon Canal

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87 miles long, you have a chance to see some spectacular landscapes. You will also see some peaceful towpaths, letting you connect with nature or enjoy a relaxing walk with your family.

There are over 100 locks at the Avon Canal and beautiful buildings for you to see too. The Avon Canal is a great walk and lets you see the picturesque valley along the way. The canal waters will be gleaming whilst you walk along the footpaths.

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Bristol; (Floating Harbour)

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Tavistock Canal

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Ready to take a walk under a rocky tunnel? Then we’ve found the perfect canal walk for you! A canal walks filled with tunnels, oak trees, different wildlife and a scenic river. You will enjoy the views of the beautiful stretch whilst walking under huge oak trees.

You even have the chance to see a little waterfall, so why not enjoy the sound of the river? The beautiful lakes and water meadows will let you connect with nature and enjoy a walk in the fresh air.

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Tavistock

Cana Walks in the Midlands

Birmingham Canal

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Why not enjoy a walk along the Birmingham Canal? Based in the City Centre you have the chance to walk next to the river after eating a delicious meal at the Mailbox. You have the chance to see the little boats, Birmingham’s skyline or even have a drink whilst sitting along the canal side.

You can see the colourful narrowboats that go along the canal or even book an afternoon tea in the boats! There is a wide range of restaurants, pubs and drink places for you to visit whilst next to Birmingham canal.

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Birmingham Canal

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Stourbridge Canal

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The canal is 4.2 miles in length and is filled with 20 locks. You have a chance to take a long relaxing walk with your family members. The canal walk consists of little bridges, small paths and stunning views. Letting you and your loved ones are at one with mother nature.

Along your walk, you can also visit the local cafes and restaurants. Letting you have a hot meal after walking in the wintertime.

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Stourbridge

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We hope you have found some beautiful Canal Walks near you! Whether you are taking a relaxing walk with your family or taking a boat ride. These canal walks are perfect for you and your family.

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