Some place where we only hear the sweet sound of chirping birds and the slow trickle of water. Where exercise means sauntering along a frosty towpath, not chasing the little ones around the tree.
The festive season means something different to everyone, but there's one shared experience that is almost universal. With short days, dark nights and so much going on, taking time for yourself can be difficult.
Here's our guide to how and why you should make the most of our canals this Christmas.
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Seven reasons why life's better by water at Christmas
1. You've eaten too much food
Christmas brings mince pies, chocolates, sherry, gingerbread and whatever else you thought was a good idea at the time.
It's fine to let your hair down and treat yourself to something tasty, but after a day of indulgence, going for a walk can make you feel a whole lot better.
2. It's the morning after the night before
Many of us enjoy a little tipple here and there over Christmas, but when the tipples turn into tumbles, you may need some help the following day.
Fresh air along our canals can help that foggy feeling to go away. Walking makes your body work harder to clear out the toxins in your system.
3. It's time to clear up
We get it. You've worked hard for weeks to get everything ready, endless tidying, shopping, wrapping and planning, and when the big day is over, there's no way you want to do any more clearing up.
Why not offer to take the dog out for an extra long walk? Take the kids for a jaunt, or (even better) escape alone?
4. There's nothing on TV
Don't be bored silly with TV shows and specials. Enough is enough. If there's a serious threat of someone finding the Monopoly you've hidden, get out of the house. This is a must for the whole Christmas period. A walk or run outside will reinvigorate you. You could feed the ducks or look out for some winter wildlife.