Welcome to the 2018 season

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First coast-to-coast canoe route created

The first ever canal for canoes and kayaks from one side of England to the other is being created between Merseyside and East Yorkshire.

With many people in Cheshire canoeing for pleasure today, the trail, which has been confirmed by the Canal & River Trust and follows the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, is likely to prove very popular.

The route will stretch over 150 miles, taking in the Aire and Calder Navigation, and is expected to be completed by 2020. It will become the longest such trail in Britain, although not the first, as there is already one up and running in Scotland. This coast-to-coast route runs from Fort William to Inverness.

For the building of the English route, the charity is hoping to see a leap in volunteer numbers. It has said that it is looking to sign up around 10,000 young paddling and canal enthusiasts to help with its creation, with deprived communities close to the route of the trail being targeted.

It is understood that there will be around 17 teams of volunteers created. Each one will be based at what the trust has said are ten key locations. Spread across the course of the trail, they will be involved with every stage of its creation.

The work needed is set to take place through the course of this year, with Merseyside set to be the starting point.

The trail will be suited to all skills and abilities, with gardens and wildlife habitats planned for along the side of the canal route.