For today’s paddlers, the route offers many opportunities from a grand extended tour over weeks to an afternoon logging another section of the diverse waters it covers.




The route includes the whole of the ‘Devizes to Westminster’ course, most of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail (Leeds Liverpool Canal) and the complete Soar Tour plus sections on the River Severn, Avon, Thames and Trent.

There are:

506 Locks
13 Tunnels
19 Canals and Rivers
2 short dry sections in Montgomery Canal, (under restoration).
3 Tidal Sections






For clubs and groups the Trail offers the possibility to adopt local lengths. These groups can contribute local knowledge to the online route, which is part of

The ambition is that the ten British Canoeing regions that the trail passes through will organise the adoption of short lengths by local canoe clubs and paddling groups. The aim will then be, that these clubs set a date each year when they invite paddlers to come and share ‘their’ section with them ether for a day or weekend. A couple of years down the line it would be great to set one weekend a year when all of the trail is paddled by lots of groups of paddlers doing different sections over the same two days.

The beauty of the Trail is that Membership of British Canoeing includes the licence which covers all of the waterways paddled on the trip.

With the generous sponsorship of Hou Canoes, the Bliss Canoe Trail is being re-instated as a challenge trail for all paddlers. Colin Broadway has been responsible for bringing the trail back to paddlers attention and Hou have provided this trail website, which will grow to include;





• A downloadable log book to keep a record of which sections you have completed and to plan which section to do next. (COMING SOON).

• An online calendar where opportunities to paddle sections of the route will be posted. CLICK HERE

• Links to the sections of mapping plotted on CLICK HERE

• A page for sharing useful links on information, planning, good places to stop and accommodation.

• A linked FaceBook page, which provides space for paddlers to post pictures, comments, blogs and plans for all things ‘Bliss’.


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