The recreational paddles are 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 these social paddles. If you don’t have a boat you can hire an open canoe or sea kayak from CANI at a reasonable cost.
Appropriate paddling kit should
be brought, for example: Buoyancy Aid, Waterproof and change of clothes etc.
Meet and Trip Plan:
The plan for the day is to meet on Thursday 27th December at Access Point 2, Blackwater Town for 10.00am and paddle down to Access Point 5, Bonds Bridge. To give families and children a choice of trip, there will be the option of doing a shorter paddle where they can finish at Access Point 3, The Moy.
All paddles are subject to weather conditions.
After the paddle there will be the option to go
back to Groucho’s, Cafe, Bar and Music Lounge in Richhill for some mulled wine
and a bit of banter from the day’s activities. If you would like to stay on at
Groucho’s for something to eat you can order from the menu.
Can you please state on your booking form if you
are coming back for food, or just the mulled wine, so that CANI can inform the
bar of numbers.
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).
The cost of this trip will be free to CANI Members and £10.00 for Non Members.
The cost for Boat hire will be £10.00 to
CANI Members and £15.00 for Non Members if you require Boat, Paddle, and
Buoyancy Aid please note it in the additional information on the booking form.
plan to take part in more than one recreation paddle why not take out recreational
membership at a cost of £18 per year or family membership at a cost of £25
introductory and £5 for each additional member per year. This would be much more economical, as
recreational paddles are free to all members and the cost of boat hire is at a
If you require any further details on this paddle please contact
To book on a CANI Recreational Paddle please fill in booking form and send
2012 Membership Form
This trip and equipment must be booked before 5.30pm Monday 17th December.
You will receive an email on Tuesday 18th December with final details of trip.
follow links below for more information and maps on the Blackwater River.
Canoe NI OS Map
of Start Point – Blackwater Town