Canoeing fans, it's time to pick up your poles and get ready for a brand new adventure across the UK!
That's because the Canal & River Trust is opening a brand new, coast-to-coast canoe trail, the first of its kind in Britain.
The trail opens on Friday 23rd August and will be marked with a weekend of celebrations by the organisation including canoe taster sessions, live music, and even yoga.
Funded by a £1.3million grant from the Desmond Foundation, the trail is known as the Desmond Family Canoe Trail .
Not for the faint-hearted the new 162-mile long trail starts in Liverpool in the West all the way to Goole on the Humber estuary.
That includes the 127-mile Leeds & Liverpool Canal (Britain's longest single canal) and 35 miles along the Aire & Calder Navigation through Yorkshire.
Canoeists will also face 91 locks where you need to carry your canoes – including iconic spots like the 21 lock Wigan flight and Bingley's iconic Five Rise staircase.
Other highlights include paddling under the summit of the Pennine hills through a mile long canal tunnel at Foulridge.
In partnership with British Canoeing there will be a new detailed leaflet for those who want to take on the trail, including top tips for accommodation along the way.
Danny Matley, canoe trail project manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: "Since the project launched in 2015 we have supported thousands of young people in a range of activities, not only giving them the chance to get out on the water in a canoe, but also to learn a range of valuable new skills.
"The amazing legacy from this brilliant project is a coast to coast canoe trail, every bit as challenging and engaging as Alfred Wainwright’s famous coast to coast walking trail.
"Of course, paddlers can do just as little or go as far as they wish along the 162 mile route, but we are certain this new cross-country waterway trail is set to capture the imagination of every canoeist, kayaker and paddle boarder with a taste for adventure."
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