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Let Canoe Trails be the inspiration for your next adventure. Discover a waterway to explore near you with our Canoe Trails Look-Up.

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Canoe Trails Look-Up

Canoe Trails is a free resource containing all the information you need for a canoeing adventure by yourself, with family, or with friends. Find your nearest trail using the look-up below. There is something for everyone:

  • Scenic routes on rural rivers
  • Heritage trails on urban canals
  • Peaceful floats along the shores of lakes

Remember, before you head out on a trail ensure you read all the safety and licensing information. If you have no canoeing experience, we recommend visiting a club or centre first to build up primary skills.

Using The Look-Up

Discover your nearest trail by first entering your location. You can then filter by Type and Difficulty. To access the trail click on View Trail. This will download the trail PDF for you to use.

Do you have your own trail you want to share? Then visit our develop a trail page and discover how get it on the website.

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Birmingham & Black Country Trails

The Birmingham and Black Country self guided trails were developed by British Canoeing in conjunction with the Canal and River Trust.

Birmingham is vibrant place and the largest city outside of London. Its canal network is larger than that of Venice and these canals contributed greatly to the growth and economic strength of Birmingham. Paddling along these canals takes you on a journey through the history of industry.

The trails are a variety of lengths and can be paddled at your leisure. You can explore just one of the trails or complete all six of them in a multi-day expedition. There are only three locks along their entire length, making it the ideal paddling journey. If you don't have your own boat or equipment you can always consider Canoe Hire.

A hard copy of all of the trails will soon be available to purchase from British Canoeing. You can also download each of the individual trails below or go straight to the map and GPX download:

  1. Wyrley and Essington Canal - Brownhills to Sneyd

    1. Map and GPX Download

  2. Wyrley and Essington Canal - Sneyd to Bentley Bridge

    1. Map and GPX Download

  3. Wyrley and Essington Canal - Bentley Bridge to Dudley Canal Trust

    1. Map and GPX Download

  4. Birmingham Canal - Dudley Canal Trust to Cambrian Wharf

    1. Map and GPX Download

  5. Worcester Canal - Cambrian Wharf to Shirley Drawbridge

    1. Map and GPX Download

  6. Stratford Canal - Shirley Drawbridge to Hockley Heath

    1. Map and GPX Download

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Manchester Trails

The City of Manchester and the Greater Manchester area is bordered by National Parks and Areas of Natural Beauty. Canoeing and kayaking are a fantastic way to explore this area. Being on the water gives you access to a whole new perspective.

Canals were vital to the industrial revolution in Greater Manchester. These, self guided, trails allow you to follow the journeys of the coal, textiles, limestone and pottery, which made Manchester the powerhouse it is today. Follow the canals from peaceful countryside right into the thriving heart of the city.

The trails are a variety of lengths and can be paddled at your leisure. You can choose to explore just one of the trails or complete all six of them at your leisure. In total they cover almost 60 miles over three different canals.

All these trails are described as one way trips. If you cannot arrange a vehicle shuttle you can do them as out and back journeys.

If you don't have your own boat or equipment you can always consider Canoe Hire.

A hard copy of all of the trails will soon be available to purchase from British Canoeing. You can also download each of the individual trails below or go straight to the map and GPX download:

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Bliss Canoe Trail

The Bliss Canoe Trail is an 862 mile circumnavigation of the inland waterways of Britain. It was first described in a book titled 'Canoeing' by William Bliss in 1934.

For today’s paddlers, the route offers many opportunities from a grand extended tour over weeks to an afternoon logging another section of the diverse waters it covers.

Bliss Trail Overview
  • 506 Locks
  • 13 Tunnels
  • 19 Canals and Rivers
  • 2 short dry sections in Montgomery Canal (under restoration)
  • 3 Tidal Sections

For clubs and groups the Trail offers the possibility to adopt local lengths. These groups can contribute local knowledge to the online route, which is part of PaddlePoints.net

The ambition is that the ten British Canoeing regions that the trail passes through will organise the adoption of short lengths by local canoe clubs and paddling groups.

The beauty of the Trail is that Membership of British Canoeing includes the licence which covers all of the waterways paddled on the trip.

With the generous sponsorship of Hou Canoes, the Bliss Canoe Trail is being re-instated as a challenge trail for all paddlers. Colin Broadway has been responsible for bringing the trail back to paddlers attention.