Canals can combat stress

The modern world comes packed full of pressures and stress is something we all deal with at some point. Here at the Trust we believe people live happier, healthier lives when they spend time near water.

Having a coffee next to the canal Regent's Canal, Little Venice

A simple step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, onto the towpath and you’re instantly in a whole new world. Even in the heart of the busiest cities and towns, you’re never far from a cool, calm canal. A place to take a deep breath, shut out the noise and take life at your own pace.

Dr Philippa Moreton actively encourages her patients to explore their local waterways to relieve stress. She believed in the healing powers of the towpath so much, she even donated money to the Trust to help protect her local canals.

And it’s because of that kind of generous support that our expert staff and dedicated volunteers can continue their work to make life better by water - for everyone.

Get out there and enjoy your local waterway

There’s a whole world of new and interesting places to explore and enjoy. Whether it’s urban water sports, running, cycling, relaxing with a coffee, meeting friends or popping into a floating bookshop, you’ll find your own space on the canal.

It’s a space to breathe, a place to sit, to take time for you

Your local waterway is so much more than just a towpath and we’re working hard to make sure that there’s always something going on across the whole country.

We work with artists, we develop art programmes and engage with local community groups. We do it because we believe in bringing people together, to spark creativity and give people places to escape to.

Your local waterway is more alive than ever before, it’s a perfect place to relax. So take some time out this Stress Awareness Month and take a fresh look at the canals and rivers where you are.

Last date edited: 17 May 2018