This recreational paddle is suitable and open to families, clubs, paddlers of all ages and abilities and can be paddled in any type of craft. So, dust down your boat and come and join us on this social paddle. If you don’t have a boat, you can hire an open canoe from CANI at a reasonable cost. Appropriate paddling kit should be brought, for example: Buoyancy Aid, Waterproofs, packed lunch, flask and change of clothes etc.
Meet and Trip Plan:
The plan for the day is to meet on Friday 27th December 2019 at Access Point 2, Blackwatertown for 10.00am and paddle down to Access Point 5, Bonds Bridge.
All paddles are subject to weather conditions.
The Blackwater is an ideal venue providing a trail of 20km for canoeing enthusiasts of any ability. The river lazily meanders through the beautiful countryside of counties Armagh and Tyrone, flowing gently into Lough Neagh. Approximately halfway down the trail, situated on the banks of the river, you will find the Argory – one of the National Trust’s beautifully kept properties – the grounds and house of which are well worth a visit.
The River Blackwater, dividing counties Tyrone and Armagh, has been travelled for thousands of years as a highway. Early Celtic settlers, Viking raiders and English invaders all used it to their advantage. In the early 18th century plans were made to construct the first modern inland waterway system in Ireland. The Blackwater with the Upper Bann, was incorporated into the scheme and the two planned artificial channels became the Newry Canal and the Coalisland Canal (known at the time as the Tyrone Navigation).
Note: If you are new to CANI, when you select – booking, you will go to the event page. From here you can book the event and equipment. Once you add this to cart, you will be required to sign up as a new user. This will create you as a user in the CANI Go Membership system and then direct you through to payment. Once you have created this new user account, please note your login details for further events.
Alternatively if you would like to avail of the CANI membership benefits you can create a new user account here and then purchase membership. After this you can book the paddle as a member, making the event free and reducing fee for equipment hire.
If you plan to take part in more than one recreation paddle, this would be much more economical.
Note: If you are a CANI member the price you see before adding to cart is the price you will pay. In the cart it will show at full cost but in your Order Summary you will see the discounts. (For example, if you do not hire a boat it will be free for CANI member)
CANI Recreational Paddles:
CANI Members – Free
Non-Members – £10.00
CANI members – £10.00
Non-Members – £15.00
Note: When hiring a boat, this will include paddles and buoyancy aids.
If you require any further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 02895438094.
This trip and equipment must be booked by Sunday 22nd December 2019.
You will receive an email on Monday 23rd December with final details of trip.
Please follow links below for more information and maps on the Blackwater River.