| Commentary

225 Public rights

| Commentary

14: CANALS AND TOWPATHS

225 Public rights

Public rights of way may exist over canal towpaths. The British Waterways Board, as owner of the majority of the canals in England and Wales, commonly permits walkers and cyclists to use canal towpaths. Where these are not public rights of way, it may make a charge.

There is no public right of navigation over canals. However, the British Waterways Board customarily allows such use in accordance with its byelaws. As above, access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 is likely to be restricted, as the land is likely

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