RESIDENTS have been urged to banish the winter blues by exploring the area's canals.

The Canal & River Trust is encouraging Shropshire residents to avoid hibernation and visit waterways such as the Shropshire Union, Llangollen and Montgomery canals, says spending time by water makes people feel happier and healthier, and is particularly beneficial over the cold, dark days of winter.

The charity wants people to wrap up warm and get out on the towpath as often as they can over the festive season and into 2019, pointing out that there are all sorts of sights and sounds they can enjoy as well as physical and mental improvements to be gained.

Ani Sutton, development and engagement manager at Canal & River Trust, said: “The winter weather and hustle and bustle of the festive season can really take it out of us mentally and physically, but fortunately there’s a simple solution right on the doorsteps of thousands of people across Shropshire – their local canal.

“Simply getting out and spending time by the water is a great first step in improving your wellbeing, and if you add on all the associated benefits – such as getting a break from TV and mobile screens, connecting with nature, spending time with loved ones – a stroll along the towpath is the perfect Christmas present.”

For more information on how the Canal & River Trust cares for the waterways, visit: