Call to Action: Walking Alongside Water

24 October 2011

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Regent's Canal, London

From mapping historic puddles to touring London docks, the last week on the blog has been full of watery surprises and unusual discoveries. There is more to come this week, as we set out to discover the UK’s waterways on foot and share our bankside views.

Whether you’re taking a leisurely weekend stroll or rushing on your morning walk to work, walking alongside water seems to soothe both mind and body. This is particularly true on hot days in a big city, when all you want to do is splash in the cool waters of a river or lake. The freakish heat-wave that swept across many parts of the UK at the start of October tempted me down to the Regent’s Canal in London, with its promise of still waters and a respite from the Big Smoke’s baking streets. I snapped this photo on one of the quieter stretches of the canal, near King’s Cross St Pancras station. The bright blue sky and the clear reflections show how still and hot it was that day, with just a single cloud hovering above the city. This photo reminds me that you can find calm oases just a stone’s throw away from London’s busy streets and tourist hotspots – where you can benefit from the serenity of still waterways, and see the city from a different perspective.

So this week we’d like to hear about your favourite walk beside water – whether it’s a walk that follows a canal or river, or one that snakes around a lake, we want to hear about your journeys on the water’s edge. Share your watery reflections, photos and comments with us on the blog, Facebook or Twitter.

Let’s hope the sun comes out again for walking alongside water this week!

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