1. East Cottingwith
This is a straight forward walk along the towing path, but first there is a short track leading to the canal from the starting point of East Cottingwith village, where there is ample roadside parking. The road past the church soon turns into a bridleway. Follow this down to the Canal and East Cottingwith Lock. From here, bear left down to the junction with the River Derwent, then retrace your steps and follow the towpath, heading north eastwards. After just over a mile, just before the hamlet you will reach the hamlet of Storwood, where the towpath swaps sides. From here on, it is simply a case of following the towpath along this delightful rural canal for the next three miles.
[The photo shows new gates being fitted at the lock in 2010.]