Seven ways to keep your cool this summer
As the temperature rises people look for easy ways to cool down.
Summer is one of the most popular times for people to visit our canals and rivers. And why not? They’re beautiful places to visit, although we may be biased.
It’s really tempting to dip more than your toes in the sparkling waters but be warned. Canal, river and reservoir water will still be really cold, even in the summer. It can take your breath away making it difficult to swim. Sadly, of the 400 people who drown in the UK every year*, more than half of these happen at inland waters such as canals, rivers, lakes, quarries and reservoirs**.
Put on your shades and take to the towpath instead
So here’s our guide to keeping your cool at your #localcanal this and every year.
1. Enjoy lunch al fresco
2. Have a cooling drink
3. Chill out
If you’re more of an ice lolly, ice cream, frappe kind of person, again, seek out one of the hundreds of cafes and ice cream shops along the towpath. For instance, our Standedge Waterside Café features Grandpa Greene’s Luxury ice cream this year.
But it’s not all about food…
4. Go gongoozling
Yes that’s a thing. It’s the art of sitting and relaxing by the waterway and just watching the boats, and the world, float by.
6. Hit the trail
7. Lounge in the shade of waterside trees
Rather than get tangled in waterway reeds yourself, download our free foldable fan and waft yourself cool while you look out for the amazing array of wildlife and water birds living among them. You could even catch a rare glimpse of an otter or water vole.
8. Follow government guidelines
It is important to be considerate to others when practicing social distancing. However, our waterways remain a place for friendly and fulfilling connections with others. Following government guidelines is just another way to show kindness to people you meet during your visit.
Determined to go swimming?
If you want to jump and dive, head to your local swimming pool. Don’t get in locks or canals as these can have hidden dangers - you could hurt yourself if you jump in.
Instead, #BeWaterSafe. As a member of the National Water Safety Forum, we’re working towards the Forum’s aim to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2026 by making sure #lifesbetterbywater.
Waterways have the power to make a real difference to people’s lives and spending time by (emphasis on the ‘by’, not ‘in’) water can make us all healthier and happier. Which is why we’re creating better canalside places that everyone can visit and enjoy, every day.
(*) and (**) based on the WAID data (Water Incident Database) 2014 published by the National Water Safety Forum
Last date edited: 11 May 2021