Young people to help build canoe trail


Published: Wednesday 4th February 2015 by The News Editor

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East Yorkshire looks set to be part of a new coast-to-coast canoe route expected to be ready for 2020.

The organisation behind the scheme said that the trail will be the UK’s longest at over 150 miles.

Goole will be among the locations to benefit from over 10,000 volunteers working to get sites ready for completion. The plan aims to help children in the area get healthier.

The Canal & River Trust (CRT) said preparations will start in Merseyside this year.

The route will be the first of its kind in England, although Scotland already has a canoe route linking its east and west coasts from Inverness to Fort William.

The planned new English route will trace the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation. Other key points the volunteers will work on include Castleford, Knottingley, Leeds, Castleford and Skipton.

Richard Desmond, the newspaper proprietor, donated £1.3 million to the scheme.

The CRT said the project hopes to get young people active while equipping them with new life skills, especially in regions with reasonably high levels of unemployment and obesity.

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Published: Wednesday 4th February 2015 by The News Editor

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