Water's edge walks in the Midlands

Walking by water is a surefire shortcut to happiness. Whet your appetite with these top riverside strolls.

Packwood House parkland in the autumn
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Packwood House, Warwickshire 

Stroll down the vibrant canal paths of the Arden countryside, through medieval fields where cows lazily graze the grasslands.

Early morning sun shining through autumn trees at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
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Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire 

Follow in the footsteps of lords and ladies as you stroll through the estate’s woodlands. Then head down to the lakeside, where you can see red-beaked oystercatchers, white-faced coots and tall, grey herons bathing in the shallow water.

A man and three children by a boat on a canal
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Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire 

This gentle riverside walk takes in the convivial atmosphere of the Grand Union Canal before ending at the Tudor house of Baddesley Clinton.

River Witham running through the parkland at Belton House, Lincolnshire
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Belton House, Lincolnshire 

This short, moderate walk along the wildlife-rich River Wetland includes mature woodland, a historic pond and the site of a deserted medieval village.