3 calm­ing canal walks

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TAKE A RAM­BLE ALONG THESE RE­MAIN­DER WA­TER­WAYS – ALL OF WHICH WERE SAVED AND ARE SU­PER FOR A CANAL­SIDE STROLL

MON­MOUTHSHIRE & BRE­CON CANAL, SOUTH WALES

A per­fect week­ender. Trace this 35-mile-long canal from Bre­con to Cwm­bran through the heart of the Bre­con Bea­cons Na­tional Park – it of­fers the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the grandeur of the moun­tains while walk­ing on the at. Crick­how­ell or Aber­gavenny make good overnight stops.

LAN­CASTER CANAL, LAN­CASHIRE AND CUM­BRIA

Though not all nav­i­ga­ble by boat, hik­ers can fol­low the whole 57 miles of the Lan­caster Canal, be­tween Pre­ston and Ken­dal. For the most dra­matic short walk, try the nine miles from Carn­forth to Lan­caster, which com­bines views over stun­ning More­cambe Bay and John Ren­nie’s im­pres­sive (and Grade I listed) Lune Aqueduct.

POCK­LING­TON CANAL, EAST YORK­SHIRE

The nine-mile-long ‘Pock’ is one of the coun­try’s best wa­ter­ways for wildlife. Most of this wa­ter­way – which cel­e­brates its 200th an­niver­sary in 2018 – has been des­ig­nated a Site of Speci c Sci­enti c In­ter­est. Tow­path am­bles may re­veal king shers, herons, barn owls, curlews and many species of dragon y and damsel y.

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