3 calming canal walks
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.