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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Lee Valley Regional Park is to host the new Waterways World Outdoor Leisure Show, which will take place over the 2013 August Bank Holiday Weekend.
Organised by Waterways World and inspired by the success of the Olympics, the show seeks to capture the growing awareness of the need to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
While inland boating will be a key component of the show, other outdoor activities such as canoeing, sailing, walking, cycling and wildlife watching will also feature. The show will provide hands-on experiences ranging from kayak and canoe taster sessions to dinghy and windsurfing introductory lessons to canal boat trips.
Those who prefer land-based activities are set to enjoy a selection of countryside walking, cycling and running activities including nature trails, wildlife watching and towpath excursions in the park.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a comprehensive programme of entertainment, featuring live bands, a traditional fairground, craft market and fine food. A wide range of exhibitors will offer outdoor activity, leisure and camping equipment, clothing and associated products.
We’re one of the show’s official supporters as our marketing director, Simon Salem explains: “The Canal & River Trust is delighted to support this event and its objectives. We have worked closely with Waterways World on Britain’s premier inland waterways event – the Crick Boat Show. Waterways World have organised the event for the last two years and proved to be dynamic and highly efficient show organisers.”
The River Lee Country Park, within the Lee Valley Regional Park offers great facilities with a very large show field right next to the River Lee Navigation. Excellent sailing and canoeing facilities, cycle paths, nature trails, and camping and caravanning sites are all topped off by the brand new White Water Centre – the Olympic Canoe Slalom venue.
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways