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

Walking for health

We’re working hard to keep your local towpath in tip top condition, because we believe a walk along the canal can help do the same for you.

Family walking along Macclesfield Canal Family walking along Macclesfield Canal
"Walking will increase your muscle tone, boost metabolism, ease stress, raise energy levels and improve sleep, which combined can also help you lose weight.” The NHS

With your support we can make sure our canals and rivers are in good shape. And as well as being fun ways to meet friends and family, getting out on the towpath is packed with health benefits too.

A simple step onto the towpath and you’re a whole world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The perfect place to take a deep breath, shrug off the noise and enjoy a rejuvenating walk.

It’s a great way to de-stress. It’s also a good way to work off the calories – experts reckon just 30 minutes a day is enough to help you feel fitter.  

Ask the doc

Dr Philippa Moreton actively ‘prescribes’ a walk on the local waterway to lower blood pressure and feel better. She even donated money to the Trust to help protect the local canal for her patients.

And with that kind of support we can keep improving our canals and rivers, creating more open, free spaces for us all to enjoy.

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?

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: 6 April 2017