There's something about rivers and canals that really inspires the walker in us all. Water seems to course through the veins of us Brits, born perhaps through being an island race with a long maritime past. And if you're not spending the day at the coast, then rivers and canals can make just as inspirational a destination.
We're delighted to be working with the Canal & River Trust, to promote walking along our nation's network of waterways. The Canal & River Trust is the new charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. From improving towpaths for cyclists and walkers, encouraging biodiversity by installing bat boxes and insect piles to maintaining locks, bridges and aqueducts, the Trust is constantly working to make the canals and rivers the best they can be.
The Trust shares our passion for connecting walkers with waterways, as they explain on their website.
'Walking is one of the nicest ways to explore our beautiful canals and rivers. Whether you fancy a 10 minute stroll or a vigorous all-day hike, by walking along the towpaths you're guaranteed a traffic-free route and relaxing views of the water. Aside from lock flights, your path is level and there's little chance of getting lost! The unfolding scenery of a canal-side stroll also takes some beating. Where else could you find such a mix of wildlife, architecture, countryside and of course, the thing that brings it all to life, the narrowboats.'
According to the Trust, over half the UK population lives within five miles of a canal or river, so it couldn't be easier to take to the towpaths and enjoy the health benefits of a waterside walk. You'll find all the relevant iFootpath walks now listed on the Canal & River Trust website. Here you'll also have chance to find out more about the Trust's work and ways in which you can support the charity.