Blackwater and Coney Recreational Paddle – Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th September 2018

Meet and Trip Plan:

The plan for the day is to meet on Saturday 15th September at Access Point 6, Verners Bridge for 10.00am then Paddle out to Coney Island for the evening camp. On Sunday we will make our way back to finish at Access Point 7, Maghery.

All paddles are subject to weather conditions.

Venue Description:

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).

To book onto a CANI Recreational Paddle, please complete the booking form below and send to

CANI Recreational Paddles:
CANI Members – free
Non Members – £10.00

Boat Hire:
CANI members – £10.00
Non Members – £15.00
*For hire of a boat, paddle and buoyancy aid. (Please note equipment requirements in ‘Additional Information’ on the booking form.)

If you plan to take part in more than one recreation paddle, why not take out a recreational membership at a cost of £18 per year, or family membership at £25 introductory fee and £5 for each additional member, per year. This would be much more economical, with free recreational paddles to all members and a reduced cost for boat hire.

If you require any further details please contact or 02890738884.

This trip and equipment must be booked before 5.30pm Wednesday 12th September.
You will receive an email on Thursday 13th September with final details of trip.

Please follow links below for more information and maps on the Blackwater River.

Canoe NI

Location of Start Point – Verners Bridge

The next recreational paddle is the Quoile River Recreational Paddle on Saturday 6th October.

Please follow link for the Quoile River Recreational Paddle.