The project will deliver a crucial element of re-connecting people to the water space within the Trent Valley. Canoe Trails will enable communities to enjoy the natural and built up environments including experiencing the native wildlife in the area as well as the historical heritage on offer. The project will link into other opportunities to get people out enjoying our rivers. Canoe Trails are a free resource that give paddlers all the information needed to set out on a canoeing adventure on their own, with family or with friends. They are a great way for people with some canoeing experience to find new and exciting places to paddle.
New infrastructure including launch and landing points will be required at key locations.
Local canoe clubs will be offering taster sessions as the new trails are launched to encourage people to take up the sport; these will be offered to local community groups including local angling clubs.
The legacy will be a canoe trail that can be used and promoted for many years, with minimal maintenance and upkeep costs being primarily managed by volunteers. The legacy will be more people accessing the Trent Valley waterways for recreation health and wellbeing, whilst linking rural communities together.
Both trails will form the basis from which future trails can be extended along the waterways within not only the project area, but neighbouring counties too. The success of the project will showcase how canoe trails inspire more people to get active and engage in their environment, to enable future funding to be secured to extend along the River Trent. The new trails will be available online.