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The Manchester canoe trails are here!

Six canoe trails in the Manchester and surrounding area are now available to view on the British Canoeing website. 

Manchester has a whole collection of different trails on offer, all starting either in, or close to the Manchester and Stockport area, taking into account iconic landmarks such as the Old Trafford football ground, The Packet House – a superb example of an original Tudor Manor, famous sweet factory Swizzels and historic aqueducts.

There are 6 trails in the newly-created Manchester collection with a range of distances to suit all types of paddler. The trails focus on three major canals in the area; Bridgewater canal, Peak Forest canal and Macclesfield canal.

The Bridgewater canal trails offer diversity in terms of history and landscape, ranging from old Tudor houses to atomic energy buildings, Kellogs factories to old ship yards. The trails are a fantastic example of British history through time.

The Peak Forest canal trails offer adventure, with adrenaline inducing aqueducts, spooky old tunnels and the sweet smell of the Swizzels confectionary factory along the beautifully rural route too.

The final trail in the collection is the mammoth 16 mile long Macclesfield Canal trail. This challenging route begins by the Goyt Mill building, built in 1905, and continues all the way through the stunning countryside scenery to end at Bosley on the very edge of the Peak District National Park.

To celebrate this collection of trails going live, we’ve had a limited edition run of 20 maps printed onto waterproof paper to give away to 20 lucky social media followers! To enter, check out the Facebook post below.

The waterproof maps will be available to purchase in the future, but for now, take a look at the individual trails and get paddling in the beautiful city of Manchester!

Use our Canoe Near You map to view the full suite of trails across the country. 

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