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Take part in our 9th Canoe Challenge

Saturday 18th May - Preston to Lancaster

About our Canoe Challenge?

Our Canoe Challenge 2024 will be its 9th year of running. The starting point is Preston where you'll row 25 miles (in teams of 2 people) to reach Lancaster, taking in the fantastic scenery as you go. Completing the entire course typically requires 6-8 hours, offering a genuine test of endurance and a deeply satisfying sense of accomplishment upon finishing.

Date of fundraiser: Saturday 18th May 2024  

The Course 

There are no locks along this stretch of the canal so no need to worry about getting out or going through them.

The Age UK Lancashire team will be at checkpoints along the route offering support and encouragement, ensuring your safety and wellbeing at all times.

Starting point: Hand and Dagger Pub, Preston, Salwich 
Finishing point: Waterwitch Pub, Lancaster

Practice Day

As part of signing up you will receive a free practice session to get you comfortable on water and answer any questions you have with our expert. Full details of the practice day are provided once you have registered for the challenge.

Date of training: Sunday 27th April (morning and afternoon session).

Location: Plox Brow, Tarleton, PR4 6H

No Entry Fee

There is no entry fee to take part in this challenge, all we ask is that each person raises a minimum of £200. 

We will assist with setting you up with a fundraising page, provide sponsorship forms and can give you tips on how to achieve your target, so you are fully supported to help achieve your target.


All equipment is provided on the day including canoes, buoyancy aids and paddles. A suggested kit list is sent out prior to the challenge, so you will be fully prepared and raring to go.


You will need to have a minimum of 2 people in your team, or you can enter a team of up to 5 people and split the distance.  If you have more than 5 people we would suggest entering 2 teams. 

Row to Make a Difference

Free entry and free t-shirt when you register!

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can be in a team?

A minimum of two people per team is required, but you can have more people in a team and swap over at checkpoints.

Where will the event run?

On the Lancaster Canal, starting at the Hand & Dagger Pub, Treales Road, Salwick, Preston, PR4 0SA and finishing at The Water Witch Pub, Canal Tow Path, Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1SU. 

Will I have to bring my own equipment?

We supply canoes, paddles and life jackets. We will provide a suggested kit list for you prior to the event.

Do I have to prepare for the event beforehand?

There is a free practice session on Saturday 27th April in Tarleton and recommend preparation and training in the weeks leading up to the challenge.

Will there be support provided for me on the day?

Our Age UK Lancashire support crew will be available through the day who will be stationed at scheduled checkpoints to assist you with any issues, encourage you and monitor your progress.


After collecting their medals, participants can enjoy a well earned drink at the finishing point - The Waterwitch Pub, Lancaster