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The Canal and River Trust encourages trip planning for when lockdown lifts

Published on: 04 May 2020

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Waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust is urging people to look ahead and plan a canal escape for when the COVID-19 lockdown lifts: a responsible, safe and relaxing way to get away from it all without leaving the country.

Richard Parry, Chief Executive at Canal & River Trust, said: “Research shows that simply being by the water makes people feel happier. As we begin to look ahead towards life after lockdown, what better way to see the countryside and soothe away the stress of the past few months than a trip to – or on – the waterways? Whether it’s a hire boat holiday to explore tranquil miles of canal, a trip to one of the wonders of the waterways, or just a walk along your favourite towpath, they offer a perfect getaway while staying safe and avoiding international travel."

The nation’s holiday hire boats offer the chance to explore a wide range of locations across England and Wales, from countryside to former industrial centres, staying aboard a private narrowboat.

Canal and towpath use should be limited and local at the moment and, until they can be rediscovered first-hand, the Trust invites people to become armchair voyagers and prepare for the chance to experience the pleasures of the UK’s waterways.

Find ideas and inspiration on day visits and boating holidays visit: