Blackwater Canoe Trail

​This 20 km trail is a superb flat water venue for canoeing enthusiasts of all abilities. From the head of the trail at Maydown Bridge, the river meanders lazily through the countryside acting as the boundary line between the counties of Armagh and Tyrone. Approximately halfway on the trail, situated on the banks of the river, you will find the Argory - one of the National Trust’s beautifully kept properties – the grounds and house are well worth a  visit. The river comes to an end at Maghery Country Park, where it flows gently into Lough Neagh creating a breathtaking view on a fine summer’s day - from here your options are endless! Lough Neagh is Europe’s largest inland lake. 

Spanning 90 miles in circumference, it is possible to paddle all the way to the Irish Sea via the Lower Bann (grade 2 with weirs) situated at the north east end of the Lough. Coney Island is situated in the south west corner of Lough Neagh about 1.1km from Maghery Country Park. The Island is steeped in history with its motte and ancient round tower. Rough camping is permitted on the Island. Lough Neagh can be a serious  undertaking as large waves build on the vast expanse of water during windy periods – the Lough is an ideal venue for the experienced open water paddler. There is on shore interpretation at points marked 1- 9 on the map Maydown Bridge, Blackwatertown, Moy, The Argory, Bond’s Bridge, Verner’s Bridge Maghery, Maghery Slip and Coney Island. Happy Paddling!

Copney Campsite

The campsite is only accessible from the water via canoe steps at GR H877589 - just down stream of Bond's Bridge. Located approximately half way along the trail it is the perfect overnight stop off on a two day trip along the trail.  There is space for 10 small tents within a fenced off area - available on a first come first served basis.  Please do not camp outside this area as this is privately owned.  There is also a composting toilet but no running water.  This campsite is leased and maintained by Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council.

T: +44 (0)28 8772 8600

E: ranfurly@midulstercouncil.org