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  • n. Plural form of towpath.


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  • But after a sudden left turn into Bow Locks the world is transformed into an oasis of calm, water rippling in the autumn sunshine, cyclists meandering along towpaths, and coots bobbing merrily on the surface of the canal.

    A working life: the lock keeper

  • Andrew MuellerNew series in which Ms Bradbury dons her sensible trainers and traipses along the towpaths of some of Britain's most picturesque canals, once the arteries that made Britain an international trading force.

    Tonight's TV highlights: Tchaikovsky Cycle | Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks | Game Of Thrones | The Unofficial Royal Wedding | Dambusters: Building The Bouncing Bomb | Case Sensitive

  • In many places it runs parallel to or completely obscures the original canal, which had towpaths on either side so mules could pull barges through the murky water.

    A Hundred Miles on the Erie Canal

  • This meant that goods literally left the domain of roads and dry land and entered a watery world of barge-horses and boatmen and locks and towpaths, a world where things moved slowly to be sure, but where movement was nonetheless fluid and by previous standards effortless.

    The Nature of Technology

  • Not since George Orwell re-created the lost atmosphere of Lower Binfield in Coming Up for Air have I read anything as good on that particular blend of meandering waters, undulant low-lying hills, slow-moving days, trudging plough horses, towpaths, sultry heat, and isolated hamlets and churches.

    Think of England

  • A working waterway, full of the bustle and traffic of commerce: coal ferries en route to factories, barges transporting dry goods, fishing boats bearing cargo to market; and along the canal towpaths, great gentle Clydesdales pulling painted longboats, trying to ignore the cheeky swooping gulls.

    Kate Morton Ebook Collection

  • They used to be pulled by horses that walked along towpaths they built on the canal banks.

    Star Struck

  • He added that the death was probably suspicious, if only because middle-aged, middle-class women do not walk along canal towpaths alone at night.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • A curious feature of vanished or vanishing England is the decay of our canals, which here and there with their unused locks, broken towpaths, and stagnant waters covered with weeds form a pathetic and melancholy part of the landscape.

    Vanishing England

  • It commanded also the water-way by the Tiber, and the towpaths on each of its banks.

    Pagan and Christian Rome


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