FOR much of the first lockdown from March 2020 to when the UK reopened, people around Shropshire and North Wales took advantage of the many walks available to them.

A lot of people showcased the beauty of the waterside walks they took with photos on social media, and now the Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch of the Inland Waterways Association is hoping to tap into those pictures for a new project.

Phil Pickin, from the branch, says they are looking to raise 'much-needed' funds for the charity by producing a calendar for 2022 using submissions of the many pictures available to them.

"During the past year, many people have discovered the benefits of visiting their local canal to walk the towpath," said Phil.

"These waterways have not only provided visitors with somewhere to exercise but an opportunity to escape and reconnect with the natural world.

"In an effort to highlight the benefits of the waterways while raising much-needed funds for the charity, the Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch of the Inland Waterways Association are asking for photos taken on or beside local canals.

"The aim is to celebrate our local canals and produce a calendar for 2022. This calendar will go on sale later this year, the income from which will help with the restoration of the waterways that many have grown attached to during the pandemic.

"The donated photos don't need to have been taken over the last year; however, they do need to feature locations along the Shropshire Union canal northwards as far as Barbridge Junction, the Middlewich Branch, the Llangollen and the Montgomery canals.

"All images used will be credited to the photographer, who will also receive a copy of the calendar in which their image appears."

Submissions can be taken from Audlem in the east to Llangollen in the west, and from Wem up to Farndon on the Welsh/Cheshire border.

Anyone who has an image they would like to donate is asked to email it to

Alternatively visit the branch’s Facebook page at