The Lower Bann Canoe Trail was launched in late February, stretching from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic Ocean; the 58 kilometre trail provides a unique way to experience the beautiful River Bann.
The river is steeped in history dating back to Mesolithic times. From the trail’s head at Toome, the river flows into Lough Beg – a beautiful area which is rich in wildlife. From Lough Beg it narrows at Newferry and acts for most of its length as the boundary between counties Londonderry and Antrim. On entering its last stretch towards the Atlantic Ocean it passes through the town of Coleraine. The trail finishes at Ballwoolen beside a beautiful reserve owned by The National Trust and approximately 1.5km from the Barmouth.
The Trail is suitable for Canoeists of all abilities. Experts can utilise the official Canoe Trail Guide – a comprehensive waterproof guide containing information on the 15 designated access points and useful content on wildlife, flora and fauna and camping etc. Beginners can take to the water for the first time by choosing from a wide variety of Canoeing providers offering a range of instruction, guided tours and canoe hire. All the information contained in the Canoe Trail Guide is also available in an interactive format on www.canoeni.com . This initiative follows on from the successful Lough Erne Canoe Trail launched in May 2005 and the Blackwater Canoe Trail in November 2007. The trails have been developed by the Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN) and the Canoe Association for Northern Ireland (CANI). Further Canoe Trails will be launched on Lough Neagh and Strangford Lough in April and June respectively