There are more miles of canals in Staffordshire than in any other shire county. Yes, I was surprised at that statistic too!
Actually, I'm not one for walking along canal towpaths much, as the view can be the same for miles - but they are much frequented by people wanting exercise. The one at Etruria (in the photo) is often used by workers too, who use it as a short-cut to get home and back.
If you're interested in local canals, the BBC Staffordshire Canals webpage makes a fascinating start.