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

Canals can combat stress

The modern world comes packed full of its own pressures. And with so much going on, it can easily start to pile up. Stress – it’s something we all deal with at some point. Here at the Trust we’ve worked with GP’s and other health experts, who all agree, taking time out on the canals and rivers is good for you.

A family next to the Regent's Canal A family next to the Regent's Canal

A simple step away from the hustle and bustle, onto the towpath and you’re instantly a whole world away from everyday life. 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 we can keep improving our canals, rivers, bridges, locks and buildings. It lets our expert staff and an army of volunteers work to make sure we all have somewhere to escape to.

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 more 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 for Stress Awareness Month and take a fresh look at the canals and rivers where you are.

Last date edited: 20 March 2017