Benches help take weight off walkers’ feet

‘Ducking out’ of sore feet, this sculpted bench offers walkers a rest near Inverness. Photo courtesy Scottish Waterways Trust.

WALKERS along the Caledonian Canal towpath at Inverness can take the weight off their feet and ‘duck out’ of tiredness, thanks to a hand-sculpted 1.5m bench installed by the Scottish Waterways Trust.

The bench, which depicts a duck with a paddle, was designed by participants on the trust’s canal-side Nature Walks for Wellness programme which introduces local people with mental health issues to the benefits of accessing the environment. It was sculpted from western red cedar by artist Owen Pilgrim.

Two similar benches, one showing a deer with a bell and the other, a wolf with a drum, are situated near the canal at Merkinch Nature Reserve and at Dunian Community Woodland.

Stephen Wiseman, Scottish Waterways Trust’s Highland canal heritage officer, said: “Each bench is designed to watch over visitors to the historic Caledonian Canal and neighbouring green space and keep them comfortable on their journey.”

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