International Happiness Day on your local canal

We believe that spending time by water can make people feel happier and healthier, so for International Happiness Day we’ve asked five people why they enjoy their trips to the towpath.

International Happiness Day International Happiness Day

This year, International Happiness Day (20 March) is celebrating ‘happier together’ – the fact that life is happier when we’re together. That’s something we can really relate to at the Trust. We know that many people enjoy spending time with their friends and family on their local canal.

However, the towpath can also be a space for time alone, for relaxation, exercise or private reflection. We care for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers so that you can feel better by water, whether you’re planning a picnic, taking a stroll or simply in need of some headspace.

Gemma

Celebrating International Happiness Day Celebrating International Happiness Day

I use the towpaths and canals to help bring all my close friends together.

Gemma

Vishal

A space to recharge A space to recharge

The towpaths and canals are a great way for me to escape, relax and recharge.

Vishal

Stephanie

Spending time with family Spending time with family

Some of my happiest memories and most connected I have been with my family were from us spending time walking along the towpaths.

Stephanie

Edward

Health and happiness Health and happiness

I am happiest when I'm working out and keeping fit. The canals and towpaths have always been a great venue for my exercise routines.

Edward

Katie

A sense of peace A sense of peace

My happiest memories using the towpath are when I sit on the bench with my lunch while I watch people and nature pass by. I find it incredibly peaceful.

Katie

Last date edited: 11 March 2020