Great Canal Walks in Britain

Great Canal Walks in Britain

A really excellent way of discovering Britain is to take a walk along the canals and waterways that crisscross all over the towns and countryside in the country. Often by taking one of the many great canal walks that are available, you can access places that are not accessible any other way. It is time to wander along the towpaths of some of Britain’s greatest canal walks starting with Regent’s Canal in London.

Regent’s Canal – London

Discovering London by canal is a great way to see things that you cannot by the road or street. This canal is eight and a half miles long and runs from Limehouse in Docklands to enchanting Little Venice. Named after King George IV when he was Prince Regent it forms part of the Grand Union Canal. It really as scenic as any inner-city canal can get and passes ZSL Zoo and Regent’s Park, and it also takes in Camden Market. It really is a historical walk back to Victorian times highlighting warehouses and old places of commerce. Stop off in Little Venice, where you can delight in canal side restaurants and bars.

A view along Regent’s Canal, somewhere between Camden Lock and Regent’s Park.

Hatton Lock Flight – Warwickshire

One of the greatest canals in Britain has to be the Grand Union Canal which stretches for nearly one hundred and fifty miles from London to Birmingham. Along its way it passes through no less than one hundred and sixty-six locks, including Hatton Lock Flight in Warwickshire. Locally this lock is known as the Stairway to Heaven, because of its elevation this lock offers superb views of the locality and especially the grand Warwick Cathedral. The lock is also the center point of many great circular walks that surround the historical town of Warwick.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal

This canal is a tale of two cities, and it links the two northern powerhouses of Liverpool and Leeds over a stretch of one hundred and twenty-seven miles. The construction of the canal is quite amazing as it traverses over the majestic Pennines. The canal passes through some of the most beautiful scenery as you travel from Lancashire to Yorkshire, and recently a new addition at Liverpool takes the canal into the very heart of this spectacular port, once the busiest in the world.

The Great Glen Way – Scotland

Our final great walk takes us to the Scottish Highlands, one of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain. If you want to get away from it all and rediscover nature, then this long trail is the perfect solution. If you attempt the whole walk it will take five or six days depending how many selfies you wish to take along the way. The canal will take you from Fort William to the coastal town of Inverness and covers over seventy miles. The Great Glen Way takes in part of the Caledonian Canal and the opportunity to see Nessie as you pass by the famous Loch Ness. This epic walk will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the whole of the British Isles.