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The Line has established a new programme strand to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of the route. Walking is an important tool for improving physical and mental health and, furthermore, contact with nature and art can improve wellbeing and reduce stress levels. The Line draws people away from heavily trafficked roads and on to quiet towpaths where works of art punctuate the landscape, providing moments to consider, question and look at the world in a new way. We work with our partners, including the Canal & River Trust, to promote the route and our belief that access to water and waterways can make people happier and healthier.

A recent report and action plan from the National Trust has revealed that not only does regular access to nature promote wellbeing, it can also inspire a greater connection to the natural world and prompt actions to aid its protection. Even small, everyday connections with nature are found to have a big impact on action. The Line is situated within a dense urban context however like a hidden green corridor along the waterways, it provides a space to connect with a constantly shifting natural habitat. Tidal changes, migrating birds (over 55 species in one location), wildflowers, bugs and butterflies are all waiting to be discovered along the route. Even a small daily dose of nature by walking to school, commuting to work or taking a daily stroll on The Line can have profound and long-lasting health and wellbeing benefits.