Dog walking

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.

Here are few ways to make sure everyone has a good time:

  • 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

And we’re sorry, but however tempting it might be, we can’t let dogs swim in the canals. Think of the ducks!

“All dogs enjoy a long walk and exploring with their noses, so all the smells – people, boats and animals – are wonderful for environment enrichment.”

Dog-friendly sites on the canal

This Grade I listed structure dates back to the 18th century and is the steepest flight of locks in the UK. It is a staircase lock, meaning that the lower gate of one lock forms the upper gate of the next. A boat going through the locks is an impressive sight often draws a crowd of walkers who have stopped to watch. Dogs can be off the lead along this stretch of canal, but it is recommended that they be kept on the lead by the locks.

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Find more places to visit

For Dog-friendly sites on the canals, check out the Canal & River Trust website.  All these places to go welcome dogs, and are provided with dog waste bins. Some may require dogs to be on leads.

Take a look and plan your next trip to the water!

Guest blog by the Canal & River Trust – A Dog’s Guide