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Developing a Canoe Trail

British Canoeing is developing canoe trails nationwide by working in partnership with local experts, volunteers, coaches and organisations with a passion to do the same. Do you have an idea for a canoe trail?

Canoe Trails are canoeing adventures! They are journeys on water designed to inspire and encourage people to get out paddling, equipped with the knowledge they need to stay safe and have a fantastic experience.

A new design for trails was launched in 2017 and has raised their profile, with more people paddling them than ever before. We have almost 150 trails already listed but are always looking to expand that number.

British Canoeing is developing canoe trails nationwide by working in partnership with local experts, volunteers, coaches and organisations with a passion to do the same. 

How to get involved

Having a trail in your area, on your favourite bit of water can be a great draw for new and existing paddlers. It can also be a great way for clubs, centres and canoe hire operators to get new people along to their area.

All you need to do is give us the details, using our Canoe Trails template at the bottom of this page and we work it up into our fun trail design. If you want to talk your idea through with someone first email Ben at [email protected]

What to consider

If there is a piece of water near you or somewhere you visit that you feel others would benefit from knowing about, let others know. 

The following points give an idea of things to look for to make a great trail:

  • Are there any other trails on the waterway? We are particularly keen to get new trails in areas of the country, or on waterways, where we currently have gaps.
  • Is there certainty of access? We need to make sure paddlers have a positive experience on the trails we promote. We can only promote trails on waterways with a widely recognised right of access for paddlers. We can provide more information on the criteria for this.
  • Are there good facilities? We need to be able to provide details of car parking, good access points, and usable portage points on our trails. Ideally we would like more to be fully accessible for paddlers with disabilities, and would be keen to hear if there are any such suitable routes near you.

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