Towpaths on canals, rivers and other waterside paths provide a network of scenic routes for cyclists without the hassle of motor traffic which makes them a great place for a family bike ride.
You can cycle long distances or a short ride as part of a longer route to enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment which could be closer to you than you think – over half the population live within about 10 minutes of a waterway.
Find out how to get your bike ready for cycling on the towpath.
There are many ways to find out about cycle routes.
The waterways are there for all to enjoy. Be considerate to others. Give way to others on the towpath and warn them of your approach – it’s a good idea to have a bell. Calling out to other users can be perceived as aggressive. Pedestrians have priority. Watch out for anglers’ tackle and give them time to move it before you try to pass.
It is advisable to dismount under low, narrow or blind bridges and waterside paths are not for racing one another or speed trials.
Key points of IWA’s Cycling Code include: