THE Canal and River Trust is appealing for Cheshire residents to take a trip down memory lane and share recollections of happy times by water with them.

Whether it’s a boating honeymoon, the first sighting of an otter or just a family walk in the sunshine, the trust says it would love to see your photos, films and hear your inspirational stories.

The county is blessed with a number of beautiful waterways, including the River Weaver and Trent and Mersey Canal, and they are bound to hold many happy memories for people in the area.

Nicky Wakeford, head of marketing for the trust, said: “We would love to see your happy memories and share them to make others smile, particularly in these difficult times when many people are still indoors.

“Anything by a water fits the bill - it could be birdwatching at sunset, crossing a landmark aqueduct or walks with your dog.

“We know people feel happier and healthier by water, so we want to share your special moments and inspire other people to explore the wonderful canals and rivers on their doorstep.

“Canal towpaths provide a great place for daily exercise, but some waterside paths are narrow, so it’s vitally important for people to abide by current social distancing guidance and share the space sensibly.

“Cyclists particularly need to ride slowly and give way to pedestrians, then everyone can enjoy being by the water and creating memories.”

Stan Cullimore, musician with indie rock band The Housemartins, has enjoyed many a happy hour aboard a narrowboat.

He said: “Some of my favourite memories are the family holidays we have taken on Britain’s canals over the years.

“To this day, there is nothing I find more relaxing than walking the dog along the towpath, sitting on the back of a boat watching the world go by or just simply being afloat. It’s perfect”.

Post your pictures and short videos, along with a message about your waterway memory, on Twitter or Instagram using #CanalMemories.