Stretching over a combined length of more than 100 km (just over 62 miles), London and its canals is an astonishing feat of industrial engineering.
Created more than 200 years ago to provide a commercial artery from the countryside straight into the heart of the city, the system is now a network of exceedingly delightful waterside paths for locals and tourists to enjoy.
London and its canals
Rich in history, beautiful scenery and a vast diversity of wildlife, London and its canals and rivers have much to offer for boaters, walkers, cyclists and anglers alike. Inspiring museums, an exciting arts and culture programme and more ensure there is plenty to see and do for everyone.
Responsible authorities do their best to continually improve the safety of London and its canals. In order to prevent waterway and towpath accidents when visiting London and its canals, it is, however, also elementary for visitors to follow the towpath code:
- Share the space: There for everyone’s enjoyment, the towpaths are very popular. Being
mindful of others, keeping dogs under control and, of course, cleaning up after them, goes a long way towards allowing everybody to have a good time and preventing slips, trips and falls and other accidents on the towpath.
- Drop your pace: Pedestrians do have priority on the towpaths, so cyclists should be prepared to slow down or, if in a hurry, consider taking a different route to their destinations to prevent collisions with pedestrians and other cycling accidents.
- Give way: The waterways are special places, living history with low bridges, working locks and boats, so giving way to their users and being extra careful when and where visibility is limited is imperative if boating accidents are to be avoided.
If you suffered an accidental injury while visiting the canals of London by tripping, slipping or falling or a cycling or boating accident caused by another person, you may qualify for a personal injury claim.
Get in touch with us, Accident Advice Helpline, have an advisor confirm that you are eligible to claim and get one of our highly skilled, experienced and extremely helpful in-house solicitors assigned to assist you throughout your claim process.
Our confidential, no-obligation freephone numbers are 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993 for landline and mobile calls respectively.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice