New health and fitness programme launched on Cheshire’s waterways

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Weekly waterside walks and online support will be freely available for residents of Cheshire

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The walks are funded by the National Lottery funding

Submitted by Lynn Pegler

A Canal charity has launched a new programme aimed at helping over 55s stay healthy.

The waterways and wellbeing charity, the Canal & River Trust is offering the 12 week health and fitness programme to Cheshire residents for free.

It will consist of weekly waterside walks and online support for the over 55s all over Cheshire.

Active Waterways Cheshire aims to encourage less active people to increase their fitness levels and improve their health and wellbeing by taking part in weekly guided walks in Northwich, Cheshire near the River Weaver.

There will also be walks on the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Macclesfield Canal and also near the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester and Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

All levels of fitness are catered for and every waterside walk will have a guide and a maximum of five walkers, allowing the group to comply with current social distancing guidelines.

Routes will be chosen to provide easy access for people with limited mobility.

Anika Neill, Active Waterways project manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “We recognise many people have lost confidence in going out and about as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly if they have underlying health conditions.

“This new series of weekly walks and online Zoom sessions is designed to encourage older people to get active again and benefit from the wonderful, relaxing, calm environment offered by Cheshire’s beautiful waterways.

“The walks will be tailored to meet the needs of the group and offer people a chance to make new friends and appreciate the inspiring natural world along the county’s canals and rivers.

“Research shows us that life truly is better by water so we would encourage anyone who wants to improve their health and well-being to get in touch and join us.”

Supported by £222,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England, Active Waterways Cheshire is a key initiative within Sport England’s plan ‘Towards an Active Nation.’

For more information or to get involved, please go the Canal & River Trust website or email the Active Waterways team on

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