Check out Milton Keynes’ Hidden Gems

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This summer, families, nature lovers and heritage enthusiasts are being encouraged to explore some of the nation’s ‘100 Hidden Gems’ of the waterways.

The locations have all been chosen to introduce visitors to the secret delights of their local canal or river and encourage people to enjoy a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Attractions include The Grand Union Canal at Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire – including Marsworth and Wolverton, Northamptonshire, and Leicestershire.

The Trust – which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways across England & Wales – is also launching a free mobile app called ‘Places to Visit’ to provide information on each of the destinations. It’s available to download along with printable information sheets at

Most locations are free to visit and require just a little imagination to create a fun-filled family morning or afternoon.

John Best, chair of the South East waterways partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The canals are a wonderful place to visit during the summer and with so many people living within five miles of their local waterway it’s a really easy day out during the long summer holidays.”