England's most visited city outside London has recently discovered a new passion for the on the water fun. Manchester's historic network of canals, including the Manchester Ship Canal, may have been created to support industrial growth but now, recreation and leisure are the main priorities. 

The River Goyt & Irwell

The River Goyt weaves its way from the Peak District through Manchester to the Mersey, and canoeists can indulge on three vertical weirs measuring up to three metres. Smaller weirs and rapids for less experienced water-goers can be found on the River Irwell.

The Lancaster Canal

The Lancaster Canal is unique; one of the most scenic canals now on the network, this gentle waterway offers wonderful views of the Silverdale coast, Forest of Bowland and rolling countryside of Wyre. The canal runs for 42 lock free miles through pleasant pasturelands, overlooked for most of the way by the foothills of the Pennines.

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