Those who like to put on hiking boots
and go walking
alongside rivers and canals have been given a major boost by new government plans for the reform of British Waterways, according to the Ramblers.
British Waterways is being changed from a quango to a charity and this week the government's response to a public consultation on its role has decided the new body will also have responsibility for ensuring public access, a move the walking body has welcomed.
Ramblers senior policy officer Justin Cooke remarked: "The announcement this week helps to ensure that the right to walk beside the new waterways charity's 2,200 miles of canals and rivers will be strengthened."
The change will mean that access to towpaths and canal banks - currently only available on a permissive basis - will be guaranteed.
Popular British canal walks include the Cheshire Ring, featuring sections such as the 16 locks at Marple, which descend from the junction with the Macclesfield Canal to an aqueduct that passes high over the river Goyt.