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Cruising for wellbeing on the Basingstoke Canal


Friday, 22 March, 2019

It has never been easier or more pleasant to live well in Woking Borough, with a wide range of activities taking place throughout the whole year, designed to help older adults improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

A year-long calendar of living well events provides the opportunity to try a range of new ventures, from social events to physical activities.

The programme casts off in spring, with a trip along the peaceful waters of the Basingstoke Canal on Kitty the canal boat. Visitors are invited to enjoy a free cruise, stopping to disembark along the way, and take in some of Woking’s iconic architecture with a walk to the Muslim Burial Ground and Peace Garden.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Living Well in Woking programme exists to demonstrate that leading a healthy life is not simply about how many miles you clock up in the gym.

“Exercise is obviously a very important factor to consider, and many of our activities focus on helping people increase their levels of physical activity. However, it is just as crucial to focus on mental wellbeing which can include taking time to relax, getting out and about in the great outdoors and socialising.

“The scenic natural surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal encourage visitors to take life that little bit more slowly and, once on the water, a serene boat ride is the perfect way to take time out, unwind and share a really unique experience with like-minded people.”

The free trips for Living Well in Woking will run on Monday 1 April and Tuesday 2 April 2019, at 11am and 1pm. The boat departs from the new Town Quay, adjacent to the WWF Living Planet Centre. Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis and advanced booking is required.

To book a seat on one of the trips, call 01483 743 810 or email 

Find out more about the Living Well 2019 programme