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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're on the lookout for people to share their local knowledge and help visitors explore some of the Midlands’ most popular waterside spots.
We're looking for volunteers to welcome people onto the towpath, explain the history of the canal and point out the nearby places of interest.
The volunteers will be based in a special ‘Welcome Stations’ at Fradley Junction, Atherstone and Hawkesbury Junction. With the growing popularity of the nation’s waterways, the teams will offer visitors expert local knowledge during weekends and holiday periods.
The sites are amongst some of the most popular in the area for walkers, cyclists, boaters and anglers as well as families looking for a peaceful afternoon in the fresh air.
Tom Freeland, volunteer coordinator for the Trust said; “The Midlands’ canals are fantastic places, full of wildlife and historical features, and we really want people to get the most out of their visit.
“This role is all about being a friendly face for people and helping them to discover all the wonderful places dotted along the canal. It’s a great opportunity to chat with people and help them to find the perfect picnic spot, canalside pub or quiet place to watch wildlife.
“No-one knows more about the area than local people so we really want to work with volunteers who can share their local knowledge, whether that be advising on the best pub garden or explaining about the history of the local canals.”
The role is open to people of all ages and abilities and is ideal for those who are outgoing, love meeting people, are passionate about their local area and who would like to share their knowledge with visitors.
To find out more email email@example.com.
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