10 Sep Cycling the British Canals
Day 170 – 174 (22/26 Aug 2013) – All good things have to come to an end. However, every end is an opportunity for another new adventure.
England’s canal system has been around for about 200 years. Back in the day it was the major transportation route for goods that have been transported on barges which where pulled by horses up and down the waterways. The horses walked along towpaths right next to the canal. Today, many people enjoy the waterways on renovated barges or new boats that look like the old barges, but have all the luxury of modern living on board. The towpaths are a great network for hiking or biking. However, most of the towpaths consist of dirt- or gravel surfaces.
We had a great time meeting boaters along the way, learning about the locks and how they work, and enjoyed the quiet, traffic free riding and the great views.
Here is a short video on what to expect when riding the towpaths along the English canals.