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National Trails Day 2011 - Free Canoeing Events

Posted on September 21, 2011 @ 12:22 PM in Canoeing

Now in its forth year, National Trails Day 2011 is on Sunday 2nd October and sees over 50 free guided activity events taking place on local trails throughout Northern Ireland.

There are no less than 9 free guided canoeing events on offer across Northern Ireland, making National Trails Day the perfect opportunity to get out paddling on a trail near you!

Lough Erne - National Trails Day Lough Erne - National Trails Day Strangford - Natonal Trails Day

All canoeing events will be guided by fully qualified canoeing instructors with all safety equipment and canoe rental completely free of charge. So why not check out all the great free National Trails Day canoeing events on offer on Sunday 2nd October!

Discover the Island Town of Enniskillen
Join the Erne Paddlers on a trip around the island town of Enniskillen.  Your trip will begin under the imposing 17th centuary Watergate on Maguire’s castle and continue until the bridges and along the waterways of Fermanagh’s county town.

Relaxing paddle along the Blackwater

This is a perfect introductory canoe trip for all the family. Setting off from Blackwatertown, you will head upriver along the Blackwater as it lazily meanders through beautiful countryside to the small, picturesque village of Moy.   

Explore the Foyle Canoe Trail
The newly launched Foyle Canoe Trail provides a unique way to explore the historic city Londonderry / Derry from a different perspective. As you paddle along you will see the Guildhall, church spires, bridges and 400 year old city walls.

Strangford Lough - Delamont Country Park
Explore the largest sea inlet in the UK and Ireland this National Trails Day... obviously not all of it! Setting off from Delamont Country Park you will paddle in and around beautiful islands and get up close and personal with Strangford's stunning marine life.

Lower Bann Canoe Trail
Paddle through the Lough Beg, a beautiful area rich in wildlife.  Early October is the perfect time to watch the Icelandic Whopper Swans return to the area for the winter.

White Rock – Strangford Lough
Whiterock provides great access to one of the most scenic areas of Britain and Ireland’s largest sea lough. This fantastic maze of islands offers sheltered and safe navigation for canoeists.  

Lough Erne - Crom Estate
Starting and finishing at Crom Estate in County Fermanagh, this relaxing paddle will lead through the beautiful untouched wilderness of Upper Lough Erne. You will see a variety of wildlife and learn about the local history and the siege of Enniskillen.

Can you canoe? – Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
Why not seize the opportunity to learn the basics of canoeing on the River Lagan this National Trails Day. This free guided trip is perfect for those who have had no previous canoeing experience but have always wanted to give it a go!  

Paddle the canal – Newry Canal
What better way to spend a Sunday morning! Whatever your skill or ability, come along and enjoy a day on the river, learn something new and have a laugh all whilst taking in the beautiful scenery that the historic Newry Canal has to offer.

Blackwater Foyle Lower Bann

To find out more information on all these great canoeing events and how you can take part in a FREE event near you, visit the dedicated events website National Trails Day 2011!


Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

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