Beat the January blues with a trip to your local canal

We’re told January is a dismal and depressing month, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here at the Trust we believe there can be something good in every day, and you can find that something with a trip to your local canal or river.

Beat the blues Beat the blues

This is the time of year when people often need a little cheering up. Monday 21 January is, statistically, the most depressing day of the year. Christmas is long gone, summer feels equally far away and the weather outside is frightful. But fear not. We’ve got suggestions to help you beat the January blues without even leaving your favourite chair (if you don’t want to).

Escape for 60 seconds

Small changes can make a big difference. Instead of staring gloomily out of the window, immerse yourself in the beautiful world of our canals. Take a 360 trip along the Regent’s Canal, take a look around Braunston or soar over the stunning Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Take a wintery walk

Our canals and rivers are glorious places to walk in the winter and we have 2,000 miles of pedestrian-friendly towpaths for you to explore. Wrap up warm and you’ll quickly discover the benefits of a waterside walk. Maybe you’ll come across a welcoming pub or café to help banish the blues even further away.

Make a change

Helping others is a proven way to help ourselves feel better. There are lots of ways you can get involved with our work to make life better by water in your local area. Along the way you could meet like-minded people, learn new skills and enjoy plenty of fresh air.

Find out more about volunteering

Get active

Gym membership can be expensive but you can exercise on our towpaths all year round for free. Jogging by the water is much more enjoyable than pounding the pavements, and our level towpaths are just the ticket for a leisurely cycle ride. Fancy something different? Take the plunge and go canoeing in 2019.

Find your local canal

Last date edited: 18 January 2019