Definition of towpath in English:


(also towing path)


  • A path beside a river or canal, originally used as a pathway for horses towing barges.

    • ‘Much of the route follows the towpath of the Caledonian Canal.’
    • ‘Horses pulled barges from the towpath before boat engines were used.’
    • ‘When ‘I was a lad’ in the 1920s and 1930s, three activities were illegal on the canal towpaths - throwing stones, cycling and swimming.’
    • ‘For another water side walk, we will go to St. Mullins and walk part of the towpath of the River Barrow.’
    • ‘Turn right on the far side of the bridge and retrace your steps along a section of the canal towpath walked earlier.’
    • ‘Every second and last Sunday of each month, volunteers have been tirelessly clearing vegetation and rubbish from former towpaths and canal beds and rebuilding bridges and locks.’
    • ‘British Waterways, which has its headquarters in Watford, near London, insists it does not want to bar walkers or canoeists from using its canals and towpaths.’
    • ‘He did ask if I thought people should not be allowed to walk on canal towpaths in case they fell in and drowned.’
    • ‘I love walking along canal towpaths and the route taken by the Leeds and Liverpool through Blackburn is a history lesson.’
    • ‘The canals and towpaths are owned by the nation, not British Waterways.’
    • ‘It was the only aqueduct on the Erie Canal to carry both a water trough and a towpath over a river.’
    • ‘When I walk along the canal towpath and see people fishing that reminds me of James because he loves fishing.’
    • ‘In East Marton, near Gargrave, a woman walking a canal towpath bumped into a nude hiker who said ‘good afternoon’ and walked on.’
    • ‘Most mourners had walked along the canal towpath between St James and Devizes Cemetery for the interment.’
    • ‘If you are getting restless, you can leave the city walls behind for green and rural Cheshire - as in cheese, grinning cats, Iron Age hill forts, Norman castles, cycle trails, sandstone ridges and canal towpaths.’
    • ‘The land consists of 9 acres of undeveloped land in North Oxford, between the railway to the west and the towpath of the Oxford Canal to the east.’
    • ‘I then read the councillors are ‘monitoring’ the use of scramble bikes and quads in public recreation grounds and canal towpaths.’
    • ‘These include relocating the canal towpath to a bridge walkway creating a direct route for pedestrians crossing the basin.’
    • ‘Projects have included improving canal side towpaths, boat maintenance and helping crew trips.’
    • ‘The bridge will be of single span over the canal and towpaths and will be provided with ramp access from the north and both stair and ramp access from the south.’
    footpath, pathway, footway, pavement, track, jogging track, trail, trackway, bridleway, bridle path, ride, riding, walk, walkway, promenade, esplanade, avenue, lane, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, byway, sidetrack, berm, causeway, right of way
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