Kayaking And Canoeing in Stockport
The UK has some of the most beautiful inland and coastal waters in the world, some of which can only be explored from the water. One of the best ways to see it is in a kayak or canoe, peacefully paddling into coastal caves or along gentle rivers taking in the scenery and wildlife around you.
Canoeing is a great activity you can take your family on. Greater Manchester is not the first place as a canoeing destination, but if you look at the map, there’s quite a few waterways, and the source of the River Mersey is just one.
The river is formed in Stockport from the confluence of the Rivers Goyt and Tame. The first mile is unusable due to high built up banks and a shopping centre built over the river. Downstream from Stockport the river has a rock gorge for the first half mile, the river valley is mainly undeveloped and rural due to the risk of flooding.
Manchester Canoe Club was founded in 1933. Since then we have been involved in the development of paddlesport, particularly in the competitive disciplines of White Water Racing and Canoe Slalom. Our canoe polo team, 'Manchester Wildcatz' train and compete regularly too. Our recreational paddling is constantly developing. We keep busy with white water trips, sea kayaking voyages and canoe tours most weekends so there is always something on. Our aim is to enable people from all backgrounds and ages to enjoy paddling safely, and to improve their skills by providing good coaching and a community of like minded people.
We are a small Outdoor Activities Centre on the grounds of Burnage Rugby Club, which is on the banks of the Mersey in Heaton Mersey. The Rugby Club allow us to use their building and grounds. This also allows us to use the river, the woodland and meadows, pond and surrounding trails. We started by offering Mersey River trips to groups and individuals and running a kids holiday club. In the past three years we have developed into a small company that provides Outdoor sports and Environmental activities year round.