News article created on 20 May 2021

'Unlock' from the pandemic with a guided canal walk

Merseyside residents are invited to reconnect with nature and get fit with a new series of free guided walks along the beautiful Leeds & Liverpool Canal through Sefton.

Couple waking their dog along the towpath Walking routes

The new Let’s Walk! programme will start with a short walk on Monday 24 May, meeting at Coffee House Bridge in Bootle at 11am. This will be followed on the first and third Monday of each month through the summer with a new waterway walk, lasting between 20-45 minutes, from a different location in Bootle or Litherland.

Helping people reconnect

Sam Marine, our Sefton community roots project officer , said: “As we all emerge from this latest lockdown, we want to help people reconnect with their local waterway, meet new friends and improve their health and wellbeing.

“The Trust’s motto is life is better by water and research shows that spending time by water makes you happier and healthier. Walking is a great form of gentle exercise and a perfect way to meet new people.

“Even in towns or suburban areas, canals are special places where you can relax, recharge and get your body moving. The aim is not to complete long route marches or rambles but provide people, particularly those who have been isolated in their homes for the long winter months, with a gentle way to emerge back into the world again after the covid lockdown.

“Please come and give it a go. We’re outside so it will be easy to maintain a social distance but still make friends, and group sizes will comply with the latest government advice. We look forward to welcoming new and old friends to the beautiful Leeds & Liverpool Canal.”

Each individual walk needs to be booked in advance via our website. To reserve a free place, find out more about local waterways and how to enjoy them, visit our events page.