What we're about

We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways, because we believe that life is better by water.

Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really does make us feel happier and healthier.

With ever increasing rates of obesity, stress and declining mental health in the UK, we are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people. Our canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated communities in England and Wales, providing accessible green and blue space where it’s needed the most.

That’s why, here at the Trust, we're working with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. We know this will bring wellbeing opportunities to millions.

Our work involves not only looking after our waterways, but promoting them widely to the eight million plus people who have waterways on their doorstep so that many more people benefit from our free, accessible and local source of wellbeing.

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A Canal & Countryside Healthy Walk - Near Melling

The Horse & Jockey Pub Melling

Care Merseyside have partnered with Canal and River Trust to bring you wellbeing by water! Come along to our fortnightly beginners walks starting at the Horse and Jockey pub in Melling. We will start at the Horse and Jockey pub then choose whether to walk the short 2 mile route or the long 3 and a bit mile route. Dog walkers and Families are welcome. The walk Starts at 1:30pm but its ideal if you arrive before then. Good walking shoes/boots are recommended. We also recommend that you bring waterproofs incase of rain. Beautiful Scenery - Information on activities and wellbeing

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A Canal & Countryside Healthy Walk - Melling

The Horse & Jockey Pub Melling

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