The Canal & River Trust welcomes considerate cyclists to its towpaths and you don't need a permit to use your bike on any of our towpaths. However, we would ask that you take a look at our Greenways Code for Towpaths before you take to the towpaths. Lots of people visit the waterways, for many different reasons, and everyone is entitled to feel happy and safe whilst they're visiting.
Now that British Waterways has changed over to the Canal & River Trust you now no longer need to obtain and display a permit to cycle along the tow path. Finally I can take that big old cumbersome tax disc holder off my forks and ride free !
I can't wait to meet the fat fisherman who block the path with their bulk and silly poles who always greet me with 'there's no cycling here' or 'you need a permit to ride here you know'..... not any more dick heads !!!