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First canoe trail to be created

British Waterways Scotland estimates 2,500 paddlers already use the canal

Scotland's first official canoe trail is to be created along 62 miles of waterways from Fort William to Inverness.

The Great Glen Canoe Trail will take paddlers along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness.

British Waterways Scotland estimates that about 2,500 enthusiasts already use the canal each year and spend £75,000 locally.

Low-level pontoons will be put in place at locks and bridges along the route.

British Waterways Scotland have been developing the trail in partnership with the Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Scottish Canoe Association.

Subject to funding, the Great Glen Canoe Trail could be completed by early 2012.

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