There is increasing evidence that spending leisure time in the natural environment has a positive impact on our physical, mental and social well-being. But you don’t need to be interested in boats to take advantage of the canal. So here are a host of leisure opportunities to boost your well-being:
- A gentle stroll or a more challenging walk; or
- A bike ride along the towpath; so that you can
- Sit on a bench contemplating the great outdoors; or
- Picnic with friends and family;
- You could be birdwatching, butterfly spotting, foraging, watching the changing seasons.
- Having seen this, you might decide to volunteer to help and be rewarded by a sense of purpose;
- And make new friends and learn new skills through restoration work or other associated activities.
The enormous popularity of Ashridge, Ivinghoe Beacon, the Ridgeway and Coombe Hill reminds us of the exceptionally beautiful countryside around the canal; but the range of local attractions is even greater than this.
- The canal borders Wendover Woods with its recently-expanded facilities;
- It skirts the Chiltern Hills and is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
- This is the middle of Rothschild country, with its one former and four existing mansions;
- It is near Tring Zoo Museum;
- Its towpath is on the route of both the Aylesbury Ring and Aylesbury Outer Ring footpaths;
- and it overlooks Wilstone Reservoir which gave rise to its construction.
The restoration of the Wendover Canal and its towpath is entirely complementary to these attractions. It is making the canal a destination in its own right, and will bring further economic, social and well-being benefits to the area.
To see more, view Nigel Harper’s collection of 3 videos below. They show the Wendover Canal from Bulbourne, Herts to Wendover, Bucks, and the wildlife we can all enjoy along the way. More videos can be found here.