We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Walking for health

Walking is one of the most natural and effective forms of exercise. Take a look at the range of benefits you can enjoy from taking a walk along your local canal or river.

Family walking along Macclesfield Canal Family walking along Macclesfield Canal

Not only does it put you in touch with the waterways and the natural environment, walking is suitable for people of all ages and is an activity which all the family can enjoy together. More importantly, walking makes you feel good.

Walking is good for you because:

  • it improves your health (especially your heart, lungs, muscles and joints)
  • it helps you to get fit and stay fit
  • it works off calories and helps you to control your weight     
  • last but not least, it's free!

Experts now say that walking for 30 minutes a day is enough to improve fitness levels. That may seem a lot, but walking can easily be accommodated into your every day routine and your 30 minute goal can be broken down into three easily managed ten minute bouts.

GP Dr Philippa Moreton has made a generous donation to improve a local waterside walk which her practice, Wendover Health Centre, is ‘prescribing’ to help patients lower their blood pressure, fight depression and combat chronic lung conditions.

Walking along our canals and rivers

Plenty of evidence suggests that simply being near to water makes people more content and relaxed - so what better place to exercise and spend your leisure time than alongside a canal or river?

With over 2,000 miles of walking routes and links to thousands of miles of footpaths, the Canal & River Trust’s towpaths provide peaceful havens in towns and cities across the UK. The network offers excellent walking routes for leisurely strolls or long-distance hikes.

Walker reading a map at Canal Head on Pocklinton CanalOver half the UK population lives within five miles of a canal or river, so it couldn't be easier to take to the towpaths and enjoy the health benefits of a waterside walk.

Organised canal walks

If you're new to walking or just fancy some company, why not join one of the many guided walks which take place around the river and canal network all year round. Take a look at our events diary for more details.

Last date edited: 10 October 2016