Successful tip: Crinan Canal, Argyll and Bute
The Crinan Canal is named “Britain’s most scenic shortcut”. It crosses the Kintyre peninsula, saving boats from the lengthy and infrequently harmful journey across the Mull of Kintyre, and the prospect of dicing with the Corryvreckan whirlpool. The canal is 9 miles lengthy, chopping throughout nation from Ardrishaig within the east to Crinan within the west. The towpath is in nice situation, making for simple biking or strolling. The Crinan Lodge is a superb place to finish up, and a bowl of seafood stew outdoors its bar, looking to Islay and Jura makes an unforgettable lunch. • scottishcanals.co.ukMichael Mooney
Limehouse to Camden City Brewery, London

The Crate Brewery. {Photograph}: Alamy
On this 15-mile stroll you’ll see various residing on London canals, pleasant of us, parks and, most significantly, numerous pubs! Begin at The Grapes, near Limehouse Basin Marina, wander for a mile and half up the Regent’s Canal to the Palm Tree at Mile Finish, then east alongside the Hertford Union for a mile or so to the Crate Brewery at Hackney Wick. Cease there for many nice bars and pizza or keep on a brief means up the River Lea to the 4 Quarters . Then comes the Princess of Wales in Clapton and, on previous Tottenham Marshes for six miles is Camden City Brewery in Enfield (nearest station Ponders Finish), on a reservoir. Get chatting to folks on passing boats and perhaps get a journey. An excellent escape for any Londoner and an excellent various for vacationers.Rachael
River Wye and Chee Dale, Derbyshire

Stepping stones within the Wye in Chee Dale. {Photograph}: Graham Dean
The Wye in Derbyshire passes by means of one of many loveliest valleys in England and provides many good routes. Probably the most dramatic stretch, presumably the closest we now have to a rainforest on this nation, is Chee Dale. It’s not a straightforward route, with some scrambling over rocks and locations the place the valley is so slender it’s essential use stepping stones alongside the river – and it’s impassable after heavy rain. Wyedale or Topley Pike automobile parks are good beginning factors (there are additionally buses; the 65 and 66 from Buxton move by Topley Pike), and the riverside Angler’s Relaxation at Miller’s Dale is a fantastically situated refreshment cease. For a less complicated route again to the beginning, comply with the Monsal Path above the river and thru tunnels, passing numerous attention-grabbing industrial relics. About 5 miles in whole.• walkpeakdistrict.comGraham Dean

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Templer Method, Stover Canal and River Teign, South Devon

View from Shaldon village in direction of Teignmouth on the finish of the Templer Method. {Photograph}: Sebastian Wasek/Alamy
This gorgeous 18-mile (10-hour) route begins at Haytor on Dartmoor and finishes on the coast at Teignmouth by way of Newton Abbot. The route is called after the Templer household, who constructed a tramway and the Stover Canal to hold granite off the moors to the port. The ultimate stage (of six miles) takes walkers from Newton Abbot City Quay by way of Coombe Cellars alongside the River Teign Estuary to Shaldon. As soon as within the village, you may choose up the passenger ferry to Teignmouth and benefit from the sundown over Dartmoor from the again seashore. This part alongside the river relies on the tide. The estuary shore is filled with curiosity, with a shellfish farm, an outdated lime kiln and many watercraft.• walkingenglishman.comLaura M
Chichester to West Wittering, West Sussex

Household strolling at West Wittering. {Photograph}: Genevieve Vallee/Alamy
Leaving Chichester station, head out of city alongside the quiet outdated ship canal. Largely simply moorhens for firm and the sky reflecting off the glassy silent waterway. Crossing a street, skirt across the marina and stroll on, previous (or into) the stunning Ship pub at Itchenor. Then the route runs all alongside the pure magnificence that’s Chichester harbour to the huge sandy seashores of the Witterings. Eight miles of bliss.• my.viewranger.comMark Ebdn
Bowlees to Low Drive, River Tees

Gibsons Cave Waterfall, Bowlees. {Photograph}: Nathan Atkinson/Getty Photos
For an eight-mile river stroll with every little thing, head for the Tees. Begin at Bowlees customer centre, diverting briefly north alongside Bow Lee Beck to take a look at Gibson’s Cave and Summerhill Drive waterfall. Cross the Tees at Newbiggin and have lunch on the Strathmore Arms in Holwick, the type of cosy, hidden pub you thought not existed. Cross boggy moorland together with two units of stepping stones to a viewpoint wanting down the Tees (ignore the quarry). You’re quickly proper beside the river and prepared for the grand finale: the thundering Excessive Drive then Low Drive with a suspension bridge utilized by Victorian lead miners to complete.• my.viewranger.comPaul Kirkwood
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

The boathouse cottage and wharf at Llanfoist on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal close to Abergavenny. {Photograph}: Michael Howell/Alamy
The three- to four-mile stroll between Pontymoile and Abergavenny runs by means of wonderful countryside into the setting for Alexander Cordell’s 19th-century household sagas. There aren’t any roads, simply great countryside with the odd barge or cruiser puttering alongside you. There’s the Inexperienced Flute Café at Goytre Wharf, and several other pubs inside a brief stroll of the canal. This stroll ends close to Llanfoist with a 20-minute stroll into Abergavenny. Keep on the Angel Lodge (doubles from £95 B&B), or simply calm down within the resort’s bar with a pint and take the frequent bus service again to Pontymoile. One other nice stroll on the canal is the seven-mile stretch additional north between Talybont-on-Usk and Brecon; once more, return by bus.Gwyn
Ilkley to Bolton Abbey, River Wharfe

Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale. {Photograph}: Ian Dagnall/Alamy

This can be a six-mile stroll alongside the fantastic River Wharfe from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey with views of the Yorkshire dales. Begin at Ilkley’s Riverside Gardens on the south financial institution close to the stays of a Roman fort. Comply with the trail west previous the outdated stone bridge and alongside to enticing Addingham with its Low Mill weir and views of Castleberg fort. Proceed to the 12th-century monastery of Bolton Abbey, which stands amid great woods and parkland. There are many picnic spots right here and the courageous will need to attempt crossing the Wharfe by way of the 60 stepping stones as soon as utilized by lay employees on the Priory. • gps-routes.co.ukKevin
Belfast to Lisburn, Lagan Navigation

The traditional stone constructed Shaws Bridge over the River Lagan. {Photograph}: Alamy
It’s 11 miles and a straightforward four-hour stroll from Belfast to Lisburn alongside the 18th-century Lagan Navigation towpath. Start in central Belfast on the Waterfront Corridor. Your journey transitions from an industrial panorama of streets tightly full of terraced homes into the woodland and moist meadows of open nation. The joggers and cyclists who’ve been maintaining you firm skinny out when you move picturesque Shaws Bridge and from right here you’ll have the towpath to your self. Take a quick detour to discover the mysterious megalithic tomb on the Big’s Ring and maybe the beautiful village of Edenderry earlier than persevering with to Lisburn. Flip proper at Lagan Island for the railway station and catch a prepare again to Belfast.• walkni.comJohn McLaverty
Worcester and Birmingham Canal

A river view of red-brick buildings in Birmingham. {Photograph}: Getty Photos
You may really feel the vitality and energy of the Industrial Revolution as you tread the towpath alongside the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. Leaving Birmingham’s metropolis centre, the red-brick factories and durable bridges are proof of the significance and historical past of the UK’s waterways. About half means alongside the 27-mile stroll – in the event you’re going all the best way to Worcester – the rolling hills and candy pastures of rural England take over. Ask lock-keepers and boaters for good pubs – my favorite is the Weighbridge within the fairly village of Alvechurch south of Birmingham, proper on the canal with a beer backyard providing views of passing boats, barges and walkers.Alex Hughes
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