Towpath Walks in England - The Regents Canal and Three River Navigations.
The "Three Rivers" are The River Thames, The River Stort and the River Lee which are all navigable for at least part of their journeys and therefore have towpaths. There are 100s of miles of beautiful canal and river towpaths to be found and enjoyed in England whether for boating holidays, walking, cycling, fishing or simply sightseeing. These national trails and towpaths are particularly beautiful especially in the Spring with their lovely trees, wild flowers and shrubs as well as plenty of English wildlife. Even where the rivers, canals or trails go past or even right through cities and towns often as not it is not obvious to know you are within such areas since the way is lined with trees and foliage and thus usually very peacefull.
Of course one National Trail does end up passing right through London i.e. The Thames Path - but even this is tree-lined and so on at least as far as Battersea from where things do get a bit noisier i.e. the tourist chaos around London Bridge and Tower Bridge.
The Thames Path National Trail following it's excellent towpath beside the River Thames.
- The Thames Path Walk Lechlade
- Walking from Inglesham to the very old stone bridge at Radcot via Lechlade on The Thames Path - bridges, locks, river features.
- The Thames Path Newbridge area walk
- This follows the river from Radcot to Newbridge passing through remote beautifull countryside visiting locks and weirs.
- Walking The Thames Path into Oxford
- Heading south into Oxford - walking via Northmoor Paddle and Rymer Lock and Weir, Bablock Hythe, Kings Lock and Godstow.
- Oxford to Abingdon walk on the Thames Path
- From the City of Oxford along The Thames Path into Abingdon Town in Oxfordshire - as always via beautiful countryside.
- The Thames Path between Abingdon and Culham
- Along The Thames Path walking the few miles beside the river via Sutton Bridge to Culham Cut and Culham Lock.
- Thames Path Culham Lock via Benson to Wallingford walk
- A walk from Culham Cut to Wallingford via Clifton Hampden, Days Lock (Dorchester), Shillingford and Benson, Oxfordshire.
- Wallingford to Reading via Goring on The Thames Path
- Walking beside The River Thames from Wallingford to Reading via Mouslford, Goring, Whitchurch and Mapledurham, England.
- Caversham to Hambleden towpath walk on the Thames Path
- An excellent walk from Reading to Hambleden Lock and Weirs via Henley following The River Thames towpath.
- Thames Path walk Hambleden to Maidenhead
- Continuing along The Thames Path to Maidenhead following The River Thames via Marlow and Cookham.
- Walking The Thames Path Maidenhead via Windsor to Staines
- Onwards to Staines on The Thames Path from Maidenhead via Boveney, Windsor and Runnymede.
- The Thames Path - going from Staines to Weybridge
- Staines to Weybridge via Chertsey with a quick look around Penton Hook Island and using the Weybridge Thames Ferry.
- The Thames Path - walking from Weybridge to Kingston-on-Thames
- Following the River Thames on The Thames Path National Trail walking from Weybridge to Kingston-upon-Thames.
- The Thames Path - walking from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Kew Bridge
- A walk on The Thames Path in England from Kingston-upon-Thames via Teddington Locks and Richmond to Kew Bridge.
- Kew Bridge to London Bridge along The Thames Path
- The Thames Path on the South Bank walking from Kew to London Bridge and Tower Bridge via Batteresea and Westminster.
- Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier on The Thames Path in England
- The Thames Path on the route from Tower Bridge via Greenwich to The Thames Barrier in England - the end of the path.
- Old Bridges crossing The River Thames between Lechlade and Whitchurch
- Photos of the very old and mediaeval Thames Bridges which cross the River - these are between Lechlade and Whitchurch.
- River Thames Bridges between Caversham and Tower Bridge
- These Bridges are generally larger affairs as London approaches - showing photos of bridges from Caversham to Tower Bridge.
- River Thames Locks and Weirs Lechlade to Clifton Lock
- Thames Locks, Paddle and Rymer Weirs and other water controls seen along the river between Lechlade and Clifton Cut.
- Weirs and Thames Locks - Days Lock to Richmond Lock in England
- Locks and Weirs on The River Thames - Days Lock to Richmond Lock including Hambleden, Marlow, Teddington and Richond.
- Using the Locks on The River Thames in England
- A short guide on operating the variety of Locks which can be found on The River Thames in England.
Wandering along England's Navigable Rivers - River Lee Navigation and River Stort Navigation:
- Features of The River Lee Navigation in England Limehouse to Ponders End
- From Limehouse going via Old Ford Lock, Hertford Union Canal, Victoria Park, Markfield Beam Engine and Tottenham.
- The navigable River Lee from Enfield via Dobbs Weir to Feildes Lock
- Passing Enfield, Ramney Marsh, Waltham Locks, Dobbs Lock and Weir and ending up at Feildes Lock.
- The River Lee in England walking from Rye House via New River to Hertford
- Visiting Rye House Gatehouse, Ware Town and Lock, along the New River, New Gauge Intake House to Hertford Castle.
- The River Stort Navigation in England - photos and walks guide.
- Along the towpath from Bishops Stortford to The River Lee at Feilde's Weir, passing mills, locks and bridges on the way.
Using the canal and river towpaths - cyclists, people out hiking and hazardous weirs and canal locks.
Generally the towpaths should be useable and passable for both walkers and cyclists however
you can come across sections where the 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 canal and river towpaths and that is maximum 4mph. This speed limit includes cyclists who are always required to respect and give way to walkers and who may also need a permit to cycle on some towpaths
. Especially (apart from nearer into London) The Thames Path in many areas is not suitable and not meant to be cycled along. Motorised vehicles are not allowed on the towpaths and trails 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. Rivers of course have their own hazards - strong currents, deep mud, lots of weed - care must be taken. Both rivers and canals often have weirs close by some of which can be walked across - this means strong currents and deep water - once again liberties should not be taken.
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