Login Register

Walk off those festive calories

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Comments (0)

NATURE lovers and heritage enthusiasts are being urged to strap on some sturdy boots and step onto the towpath and discover Staffordshire's waterways over the winter.

The Canal & River Trust is encouraging people to use their walks to explore the hidden gems that are just a few miles from home, across the hundreds of miles of waterways in Staffordshire.

Some of the places you could visit this year include:

* Fradley Junction where you can spot kingfishers at the nature reserve before a warming cup of tea, and perhaps a piece of cake, in the canal-side tea rooms;

* Explore the local history, follow a nature park trails, or try your hand at fishing, canoeing, or even pond dipping at Consall Forge on the Caldon Canal;

* Westport Lake, Stoke-on -Trent's largest expanse of water and one of the best places on the canal system to watch birds. People can also check out places to visit via a free mobile app called 'Places to Visit' which will provide information on some of the nation's favourite waterway locations.

It's available to download along with printable information sheets at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit. Most locations are free to visit and require just a little imagination to create a fun-filled family morning or afternoon.

Simon Salem, marketing director for the Canal & River Trust, said: "The canals are a wonderful place to visit and a brisk walk on a crisp winter's morning is a great way to get some fresh air and blow away the cobwebs.

"Canals are really magical during winter and a day out exploring the secret delights of your local waterway is a great way to burn off some of that festive indulgence."

Read more from Leek Post & Times

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters

YOUR COMMENTS AWAITING MODERATION

 
 

MORE NEWS HEADLINES