Pennine Waterways News

Monday 4 December 2017

Santa Splash on L&L in Liverpool

On Saturday 2nd December, the Canal and River Trust helped local communities get into the festive spirit and discover England’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail with their biggest 'Santa Splash'.

50 Santas, elves and helpers participated in the 'Santa Splash' on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which forms part of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail.

The festive two-mile paddle set off from Liverpool's Eldonian Village and finished at Bootle.

Funded by a £1.3 million grant from the Desmond Foundation, the 162-mile Desmond Family Canoe Trail starts in Liverpool, follows the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation to Goole.

Danny Matley from the Canal and River Trust said: "We had a brilliant day. It was great to see so many people turn out and help us create our biggest ever Santa Splash. It's a unique way to experience the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and have fun getting into the festive spirit."

Information about the Desmond Family Canoe Trail at: