English Canals, River Navigations and Waterways. There are an extensive series of canals to be found in England whether for boating holidays or for walking, cycling, fishing and sightseeing. Some of these canals are particularly beautiful especially in the Spring with their lovely trees, wild flowers and shrubs as well as plenty of English wildlife -as well as- all the really nice old bridges and interesting old locks and canal buildings.
Using the canals - cyclists and walkers. Generally the canal towpaths are/should be useable/passable for both walkers and cyclists however
you can come across sections where the canal bank has semi-collapsed - this can be a considerable hazard particularly for cyclists. If you see the towpath is overgrown with
high growth both sides this usually indicates a collapse has occurred - expect to find holes and often deep mud.
There is a speed limit which applies to everyone using England's canals - that is maximum 4mph - this canal towpath speed limit includes cyclists who also
need a permit to cycle on some towpaths. Motorised vehicles are not allowed on the canal towpaths unless they need access and they have to have
Although the canals are generally not very deep they usually contain a thick layer of mud and also have quite a lot of weed - obviously quite hazardous for young children in particular should they decide to fall in. Perhaps just as potentially hazardous are the canal locks - they have quite deep drops when empty or of course contain many feet of water when filled - most locks do not have guard rails or similar so care should be taken.