Record numbers visit canals

A record number of almost five and a half million visitors made trips to Britain's rivers and canals in two weeks of August this year, the Canal and River Trust has revealed.

Canals between the Mailbox and Brindley Place in Birmingham Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The group, which is responsible for more than 100 miles of historic canals in Birmingham, the Black Country and Worcestershire, say the canals make a great day out.

Simon Salem, marketing director of the Canal & River Trust, said: "This summer we've seen more people walking along their local towpath, running and cycling, taking advantage of the nice weather to ditch the car and travel canal-side instead."