Manchester Ship Canal

Manchester Ship Canal

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Canal Licensing Information

Licence Required?

Yes - but not included in British Canoeing Membership

License Authority

Manchester Ship Canal

Small crafts are not usually permitted on the Manchester Ship Canal. It is still used as a busy shipping canal and large commercial barges and small cruise ships are common along the route. A licence is required to paddle here but it is not included in British Canoeing membership. Please click here for more information.