10 of the UK’s best canal and river walks: readers’ travel tips

Industrial heritage, wooded gorges and pubs take starring roles in our tipsters’ pick of waterside strolls, ranging from Belfast to Chichester

The Crinan Canal is known as “Britain’s most scenic shortcut”. It crosses the Kintyre peninsula, saving boats from the long and occasionally dangerous trip around the Mull of Kintyre, and the prospect of dicing with the Corryvreckan whirlpool. The canal is nine miles long, cutting across country from Ardrishaig in the east to Crinan in the west. The towpath is in great condition, making for easy cycling or walking. The Crinan Hotel is a great place to end up, and a bowl of seafood stew outside its bar, looking out to Islay and Jura makes an unforgettable lunch.
Michael Mooney

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