Blackwater Recreational Paddle – Saturday 14th October 2017

Meet and Trip Plan:

Day Trip

The plan for the day is to meet on Saturday 14th October at Access Point 2, Blackwatertown for 10.00am and paddle down to Access Point 5, Bond Bridge.

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 11th October.
You will receive an email on Thursday 12th October with final details of trip.

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

Canoe NI

Location of Start Point – Blackwatertown car park

The next recreational paddle is the CANI Annual Turkey and Pudding Paddle Wednesday 27th December.

Please follow link for the CANI Annual Turkey and Pudding Paddle.