DISTANCE

32.5 miles

Lower Bann

Antrim, Londonderry

Stretching from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic Ocean, this 36m Canoe Trail provides a unique way to experience the beautiful River Bann.  Passing through constantly changing scenery, the trail offers canoeists both tranquil waters and some faster flowing sections.  It is suitable for canoeing enthusiasts of all abilities.

The river is steeped in history dating back to Mesolithic times. From the trail’s head at Toome, the river flows into Lough Beg – a beautiful area that is rich in wildlife. From Lough Beg it narrows at Newferry and acts for most of its length as the boundary between counties Londonderry and Antrim. On entering its last stretch towards the Atlantic Ocean, it passes through the town of Coleraine. The trail finishes at Ballywoolen – beside a beautiful nature reserve owned by the National Trust and approximately 1.5 km from the Barmouth.

Full details can be found on the attached Lower Bann Canoe Trail Guide and at www.canoeni.com

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DISTANCE

32.5 miles

ROUTE TYPE

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OS MAP

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GRID REFERENCE

H98935 90618

COUNTY

Antrim, Londonderry

NEAREST TOWN

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LANDSCAPE

River

TERRAIN

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ON/OFF PUBLIC ROAD

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DIFFICULTY

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  • Access Egress Points
    Full details can be found on the attached Lower Bann Canoe guide and at www.canoeni.com
  • Suitable For
    The Lower Bann Canoe Trail offers both tranquil waters and some faster flowing sections of Grade 2-3 water. The trail can be paddled in two long days but more comfortably in three. There are 5 weirs and 3 sluice gates on the river which can be extremely dangerous. However, at all times it is possible to safely paddle into the navigation channels to avoid the weirs and sluice gates. All these are clearly indicated on the Lower Bann Canoe Trail Guide For those wishing to avoid weirs completely a 14m section Grade 1 flat water section is available from Toome to Hutchinson’s Quay. Also, be aware that sea-going vessels use the stretch of river between the Atlantic Ocean and Coleraine docks.
  • Safety
    Canoeing is an adventure sport and as such should be treated with respect. If you are new to the sport, it is advisable to join an organized club or take some lessons with a canoeing provider, both options will offer expert coaching. Full details can be found at www.canoeni.com

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