Good to see something about cycle touring on the front page of the official CTC website. Slip down this Telegraph article to some recommended cycling along several of our wonderful canals (but it’s all worth reading). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/outdoors/outdoor-activities/8434737/Our-pick-of-the-best-canals-and-waterways.html#
As an aside, it’s always useful to have a bell on your bike when cycling anywhere except on a road. You can get a lot of blind spots on canal towpaths, particularly around bridges. Some of us have suffered broken backs from being hit by a speeding cyclist coming round a blind bend. Whether the bell would have prevented this particular accident is actually unlikely since the other rider had headphones on. It’s actually surprising how many people jump out of their skins if you pass them from behind without giving a warning, and that can’t be good for our reputation.