Birmingham is set for its sixth Paddle to the Heart event on Saturday 3rd June 2017.
Paddle to the Heart is an annual event, where paddlers choose from one of the many canal networks, with the end goal to congregate at Brindley Place in the heart of Birmingham.
The event, which celebrates the West Midlands’ varied network of waterways, has grown in attendance year on year.
Paddle to the Heart is presented by the West Midlands Regional Development Team (RDT), and is available for anyone to join, from experienced paddlers, to newcomers to the sport.
Fun and boat-based games will be taking place at Brindley Place from 1pm upon arrival.
The event attracted over 100 participants last year, and with everyone converging on Brindley Place in the heart of the city, it is hoped even more people will come along and join in the fun with the West Midlands RDT this year.
It is designed to provide a real focal point to attract new people into the sport, experienced paddles to find new places to paddle and stimulate those who really like a challenge to think big and achieve something special.
Clare Dallaway, West Midlands Regional Development Team Chair said, “Paddle to the Heart is now in its sixth year. Birmingham is very central geographically within our region and has so many miles of canal - more than Venice.
“I had a vision six years ago of us running an event where people could choose one of several routes and paddle to the heart of Birmingham, all arriving at the same time.
“This helps us to promote canoeing on our local waterways and provide paddlers with an experience of waterways they may not have paddled before.
We have paddlers joining us from all over the country and have exceeded 110 in numbers previously. Routes range from 1.5 miles to 12 miles, so there is something for everyone's ability. Everyone is welcome in joining us to experience what Birmingham's canals have to offer.– Clare Dallaway
Paddle to the Heart is running during National Go Canoeing Week, allowing another fantastic opportunity to clock up some miles and journey along the waterways of Birmingham with paddlers from all over the country.
National Go Canoeing Week is British Canoeing’s initiative which aims to get everyone out on the water having fun, regardless of ability or age. This year is ‘The Big Adventure’, which encourages everyone to be part of their own big adventures during the week.
The week itself will be held during May half term (27 May - 4 June).
Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager at British Canoeing added: “Paddle to the Heart is a fantastic annual event, run by local volunteers and attended by people from all over the country.
“It is a great spectacle seeing the canoes and kayaks fill the historic canal; hopefully it inspires more people to get involved and give canoeing a go!
“With Paddle to the Heart being part of National Go Canoeing Week this year, it is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get on the water and join the journey into the heart for the city!”