Dog walking on the canals

WHEN it comes to stretching all four legs, the canal is a canine’s best friend.

Paula Boyden, deputy veterinary director at the Dogs Trust says: “Many dog owners enjoy taking their dogs for walks along the canals and rivers because it is generally quite quiet. Many city-dwellers find the peaceful nature of the waterways a wonderful escape from the hustle and the bustle of the city. All dogs enjoy a long walk and exploring with their noses, so all the smells – people, boats and animals – are wonderful for environment enrichment.”

In the heart of the city and out in the countryside, waterways have always been popular places to take a stroll. And with over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers to explore, there’s plenty of room for everyone. So if your dog’s as polite and respectful as you are then grab that lead and hit the towpath with man’s best friend.



Keep your dog on a short lead around busy spots like locks and bridges

Make sure they’re wearing a collar with an ID tag


Please pick up anything your dog might drop and pop it in a bin.

For a list of dog friendly locations visit:


Enjoy more Towpath Talk reading in the monthly paper. Click here to subscribe.

Towpath Trader

See more boats for sale and sell your boat for free with Towpath Trader.