GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Canal Cycle Routes

The UK is covered with hundreds of delightful canals witth canalside towpaths for cyclists to use. Below are a selection of popular cycle routes which include canalside cycling for all or part of the route.
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.

For more information on cycling on towpaths please visit the Canal & River Trust Website. They have just launched the Share the space, Drop your pace campaign which calls for all those who use London’s towpaths to follow a new Greenways Code and to help keep our historic network of waterways safe and pleasant for everyone to share

Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.

You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Canal Cycle Map


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Aire Valley Towpath16 miles (26 km)Follow the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the River Aire from Leeds to Bingley on this waterside cycle or walk View Full Details>>
Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail4 miles (6 km)This lovely short cycle and walking trail runs from Measham near Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Moira along a disused railway path View Full Details>>
Ashton Canal6 miles (9.5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along this 6 mile long canal in Manchester View Full Details>>
Barnsley Canal5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Barnsley Canal on this easy route near Royston View Full Details>>
Basingstoke Canal7 miles (11.5 km)This easy cycle ride follows a nice section of the Basingstoke Canal from West Byfleet to Brookwood, via Woking View Full Details>>
Birmingham and Fazeley Canal15 miles (24 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal from the city centre of Birmingham to the town of Fazeley in Staffordshire View Full Details>>
Birmingham to Wolverhampton16 miles (25 km)This route follows National Cycle routes 5 and 81 through the West Midlands in to Staffordshire View Full Details>>
Bishop Bennet Way32 miles (52 km)The Bishop Bennet Way is a shared walking and cycling path running from Beeston in Cheshire to Wirswall on the Shropshire borders View Full Details>>
Bridgewater Canal4 miles (6.5 km)This easy cycle ride takes you along a section of the Bridgewater Canal from Pennington Flash to Marshland Bridge, via Leigh View Full Details>>
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal14 miles (22.5 km)Follow the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal on this easy walk or cycle in Somerset View Full Details>>
Bude Marshes3 miles (5 km)This delightful local nature reserve in Bude is a great escape from the busy seaside town centre View Full Details>>
Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal6 miles (9 km)This section of the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal runs along National Cycle Network route 66 from Sowerby Bridge to Brighouse View Full Details>>
Caledonian Canal6 miles (9 km)Follow the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Loch Dochfour on this waterside walk or cycle in the Scottish Highlands View Full Details>>
Chesterfield Canal44 miles (71 km)Follow the full length of the Chesterfield Canal on this fine cycle ride from Chesterfield to West Stockwith View Full Details>>
Claude Duval Bridleroute63 miles (102 km)This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds.
This route is named after the well-known local highwayman, Claude Duval View Full Details>>
Cloud Trail13 miles (21 km)This super traffic free cycle route runs from Derby to Worthington along National Cycle Network route number 6 View Full Details>>
Colne Valley Trail7 miles (11 km)Follow the Colne Valley Trail from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth and enjoy riverside and canalside walking or cycling.
The trails follows the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne while also passing a series of pretty Lakes including Lynsters, Stocker's and Batchworth Lake View Full Details>>
Coventry Canal38 miles (61 km)Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along the 38 mile long Coventry Canal towpath View Full Details>>
Crinan Canal8 miles (12.5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Crinan Canal in Argyll and Bute View Full Details>>
Downs Link36 miles (58 km)This is a terrific walking or cycling path running from St Martha's Hill in Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea View Full Details>>
Ebury Way3 miles (5 km)This is an easy short cycle and walking route ideal for families View Full Details>>
Erewash Canal12 miles (19 km)Follow the Erewash canal through south Derbyshire on this waterside cycling and walking route View Full Details>>
Exe Valley Ride7 miles (11 km) View Full Details>>
Exeter Canal5 miles (8 km)Follow the Exter Ship Canal from the centre of Exeter to the River Exe Estuary View Full Details>>
Forth and Clyde Canal35 miles (56 km)Follow the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal from Bowling to Falkirk on this super cycling and walking route View Full Details>>
Gloucester and Sharpness Canal16 miles (26 km)Enjoy cycling and walking along the towpath of this lovely canal in Gloucestershire View Full Details>>
Great Glen Way73 miles (117 km)Follow the Great Glen, running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east View Full Details>>
Greenwich to Cheshunt21 miles (34 km)Follow National Cycle route 1 on this pleasant ride or walk through north London into Hertfordshire View Full Details>>
Hertford Union Canal1 miles (1.7 km)Enjoy an easy, waterside walk or cycle along this canal in Tower Hamlets View Full Details>>
Kennet and Avon Canal76 miles (122 km)The Kennet and Avon Canal runs from the Thames at Reading to Bath View Full Details>>
Lancaster Canal57 miles (91 km)Follow the Lancaster Canal from Preston, in Lancashire, to Kendal, in Cumbria, on this splendid waterside walk or cycle View Full Details>>
Leeds and Liverpool Canal126 miles (203 km)Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along Britain's longest single canal View Full Details>>
Leeds to Shipley12 miles (20 km) View Full Details>>
Limehouse Cut3 miles (4.5 km)Follow the Limehouse Cut canal on this waterside walk or cycle in East London View Full Details>>
Llangollen Canal49 miles (79 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Llangollen Canal View Full Details>>
Macclesfield to Marple - Middlewood Way11 miles (18 km)Follow the Middlewood Way - a lovely off road cycle and walking path running from Macclesfield to Marple and passing by the Macclesfield Canal View Full Details>>
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal37 miles (60 km)Follow the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Brecon to Newport on this super waterside walking and cycling route View Full Details>>
Montgomery Canal35 miles (56 km)Enjoy easy waterside cycling and walking along the Montgomery Canal through Powys and Shropshire View Full Details>>
Neath Canal3 miles (5 km)This section of the Neath Canal makes for a lovely waterside cycle or walk View Full Details>>
Newry Canal20 miles (32 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along the Newry Canal on this waterside route in Northern Ireland View Full Details>>
Nottingham Canal8 miles (13 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along this pretty canal in Nottingham View Full Details>>
Nutbrook Trail10 miles (16 km)This easy cycling and walking trail runs from Long Eaton to Heanor along the View Full Details>>
Paddington Canal13 miles (21 km)Follow the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal from Paddington to Hayes, on this waterside walk or cycle through West London View Full Details>>
Regent's Canal9 miles (14 km)Follow the Regent's canal through Regent's Park and Central London on this pleasant waterside cycling and walking route.
Starting at the Little Venice basin in Maida Vale, you follow the canal into Regent’s Park where you will find the famous Zoo View Full Details>>
River Wey Navigation20 miles (32 km)Follow the River Wey Navigation towpath from Godalmingto the River Thames at Weybridge on this super waterside walk View Full Details>>
Rochdale Canal33 miles (53 km)Follow the Rochdale canal from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge on this waterside route through Greater Manchester and Yorkshire View Full Details>>
Royal Military Canal12 miles (19 km)This short cycle route takes you along a lovely cycleable section of the Royal Military Canal near Hythe View Full Details>>
Sheerness Way6 miles (9 km)Opened in 2011 this super, circular cycle and walking route, follows a series of safe, traffic free paths around Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey.
You will run along the attractive Isle of Sheppy coast and Sheerness beach, while there is also a pleasant waterside section along the Queenborough Lines or the canal bank asit is known locally.
This is a nice family cycle ride as it takes place on flat, off road paths View Full Details>>
Shrewsbury Canal3 miles (5 km)This cycling and walking trail follows the route of the Old Shrewsbury Canal from the centre of Shrewsbury to View Full Details>>
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal46 miles (74 km)Follow the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal from Stourport-on-Severn to Great Haywood on this easy waterside walking and cycling route View Full Details>>
Stratford Upon Avon Canal26 miles (42 km)Enjoy waterside cycling and walking on this 26 mile canal which runs from Stratford Upon Avon to Birmingham View Full Details>>
Swansea Canal4 miles (5.7 km)Enjoy an easy waterside cycle or walk along the Swansea Canal and River Tawe View Full Details>>
Trent and Mersey Canal95 miles (153 km)Follow the Trent and Mersey Canal through Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire on this long distance waterside walk View Full Details>>
Two Tunnels Greenway11 miles (18.5 km)This is a super, shared cycling and walking path making use of a disused railway path through Bath and the surrounding countryside View Full Details>>
Union Canal31 miles (50 km)Follow the Union Canal towpath from Falkirk to Edinburgh on this super, waterside cycling and walking route View Full Details>>
Wakefield Canal9 miles (14 km)Follow the Wakefield Branch of the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal from Wakefield to Castelford on this waterside walk in West Yorkshire View Full Details>>
Walsall Canal8 miles (13 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Walsall Canal on this easy route in the West Midlands View Full Details>>
Woking to West Byfleet9 miles (14 km)This easy cycle or walk follows the Basingstoke canal and NCN route 221 from Brookwood, near Woking, to West Byfleet View Full Details>>

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