Exploring the Lough Neagh Canoe Trail.
IT is hoped a new canoe trail on Lough Neagh
will encourage tourists to visit the vast expanse of water with
a shoreline which passes close to Crumlin, Glenavy, Ballinderry
The Trail will be launched on Wednesday
(April 30) and will enable canoeists to explore numerous bays
and inlets as well as observe a wide diversity of wildlife and
Circumnavigating the Lough, the Trail offers
a range of access points on the mainland and on both Coney and
It is suitable for canoeists of all
abilities. Experts can utilise the official Canoe Trail Guide -
a comprehensive waterproof guide containing information on the
seven designated access points and useful content on topics such
as wildlife, flora and fauna and camping.
Beginners can take to the water for the first
time by choosing from a wide variety of canoeing providers
offering a range of instruction, guided tours and canoe hire.
All the information contained in the Canoe
Trail Guide is also available in an interactive format on
Lough Neagh was historically a major economic
hub transporting linen, timber, coal and live stock.
It is now a major canoeing and tourism hub as
the Trail links the existing Blackwater Canoe Trail (launched in
November 2007) flowing into the Lough and the Lower Bann Canoe
Trail (launched February 2008) flowing out of the Lough.
In the future the proposed reopening of the
Ulster Canal may link canoeists to the Lough Erne Canoe Trail
(launched in May 2005).
The Strangford Lough Canoe Trail will
complete the suite with a launch in late June.