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External Challenges

We think our British Canoeing challenge routes are fantastic but if you've completed them all or would like something a little different then one of these challenges might well be the one for you.

For some shorter days out on the water you can also check out our Canoe Trails. We have over 150 trails listed all around the country.

Bliss Canoe Trail

Discover the 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.

Click here to visit the Bliss website

Rob Roy Canoe Rally

Read about the Rob Roy Canoe Rally

The Thames Canoe Rally has been created to enable anyone who canoes or kayaks to be able to enjoy a real challenge of paddling the whole length of the non-tidal Thames - a distance of 123 miles with 44 locks.

The aim is to paddle the whole distance. You have the summer to do it in and can take it in any journey length that you like.

Click here to go to the challenge website

Great Glen Canoe Trail

Learn about the Great Glen Canoe Trail

This 96 km stretch of the Caledonian Canal is the first trail of its kinds in Scotland. Running from Fort William to Inverness, the Caledonian Canal offers fabulous options for paddlers of all abilities and can be enjoyed as a long distance canoeing challenge or a relaxing day paddle. 

Click here to visit the Great Glen Canoe Trail website

Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Discover the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

The Argyll Sea Kayak trail is 150km in length and offers some of the best sea kayaking in Europe. The route takes in some of Scotland’s most scenic coastlines and provides both the beginner and the most experienced kayaker with a thrilling and rewarding test. Why not be one of the first to tackle the full 150 km of the trail, or pick a section or two to try over a weekend?

Click here to visit the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail website.