Go canoeing...in the city

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Every hour enough plastic to fill two bin bags is washed into our oceans from canals and rivers.

Ever thought of getting to know a city via its canals and rivers? As an alternative to the hustle and bustle of city streets by foot, we recommend canoeing as a fun and exciting way to absorb new sights and sounds from the comfort of the water.

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Bored of shopping, sore feet and traffic jams? We have the perfect alternative for you and your family to escape the crowds - meander your way through a city and see things from a different perspective (on your bottom, in a canoe).

Canoeing in the city can be a fun adventure, and there are plenty of trails to choose from. It doesn't matter if you are new to canoeing or a pro - there will be trail for you. 


London has a lot to offer in the way of canoeing. The Regent's Canal, Lee Valley and Limehouse Basin are all popular starting points.

Why not check out the Olympic Park and Three Mills on the Bow Back Rivers?

East Midlands

View of River Witham looking towards Lincoln CathedralThere is a lovely trail that runs on the River Witham, showcasing its lovely bridges, cobbled streets and cathedral.

Starting at Brayford you'll find yourself on a narrow canal that flows through the city.


West Midlands

With a hundred miles on offer, Birmingham has an extensive network of waterways for you to enjoy. You can explore the bustling city at Gas Street Basin, a lively junction and paddle alongside historical canal architecture and modern restaurants alike. 

You can also get away from it all on winding suburban canals and some surprisingly rural branches. Go Canoeing have lots of trails and events for you to explore, why not check out 'Paddle to the heart', a fun day canoeing at Brindley Place.

Canoeing on the Birmingham Canal Navigation


For those wanting a mix of urban and rural, then the Peak Forest Canal may be what you're after. Dukinfield Junction to Marple Bridge is a two-hour route, which will take you through two tunnels and over an aqueduct (so not for the faint-hearted). Find out more about this route.

Go Canoeing Week

There are too many trails to mention here, but you can visit Go Canoeing for more information. From May 28 - June 5 it's Go Canoeing Week. Their Olympic-sized challenge involves you and anyone else wanting to spend some time on the water. 

They have lots of starter sessions, guided tours and events for the Go Canoeing Week around the country. 

Don't forget that your pets may want to come too...


Last date edited: 27 May 2016