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Enjoy 'canal time' this Summer

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A canal charity is prescribing 'Bluespace' antidote for modern blues – including a visit to a beauty spot in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The Canal & River Trust has launched a marketing campaign to encourage more people to reclaim their quality time. The move follows a YouGov poll which showed that nearly three quarters of adults believed that people today have less overall quality time with their friends and family than their parents did.

A spokesman for the Canal & River Trust said: "With 77 per cent of respondents saying that just being anywhere by the water is a good place to spend quality time with friends and family, the trust is publishing details of 100 ready made waterway days out – canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit – to give individuals, couples and families a simple and affordable chance to spend quality time.

"Staffordshire's highlights include enjoying a cuppa while watching the boats go by at busy Fradley Junction, buying a bag of seed and feeding the ducks at Westport Lake in Stoke, enjoying a picnic at Consall Forge or even hiring a narrowboat at Great Haywood."

Half the population of the country lives within five miles of one of the Canal & River Trust's waterways.

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