Guided & self-guided trips in any craft

Mersey Short Splash trip

Mersey Short Splash trip

1 to 1.5 hour paddling time from our centre (Heaton Mersey) to Northenden.

Our shortest and most popular trip, and with good reason: the first kilometre has a few shallow rapids and bends to be negotiated, before a chilled out, straighter middle and then a 4m waterslide to finish with a splash! Short enough to be manageable by children.

Different boat options - you can select a mix:

  • Guided or self-guided

  • rafted canoes or SOT kayaks or guided canoes

  • paddleboards on request

Price will depend on:

If you choose Guided or Self-guided trip

the type of craft you choose.


Don't need to be able to swim but...

No experience is needed for any of these trips, the river is grade 1 with a few easy Grade 1-2 rapids. We regularly take adults and children who have never been in a boat and who may not be able to swim. Capsizing is rare and the river is shallow and slow flowing usually. Everyone wears a buoyancy aid, helmets* and our River Leaders hold national qualifications and are experienced.

Groups are given a quick brief on how to paddle before they launch and then we drift along for a bit whilst paddlers get the hang of it. For very large groups or nervous groups we raft the canoes together to make them impossible to capsize and easier to steer.

Paddleability – British Canoeing have accredited us as Paddlesport Providers for people with disabilities (Paddleability Provider). Some of our trips, equipment and venues are suitable. Please contact us to discuss your needs


Our centre SK4 3EA

Riverside Park - Northenden M22 4HJ

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How to book....

This button will take you to our booking portal where you will see the dates and times we have in our calendar. You can select the number and type of craft you want.

Remember to be careful to select Guided or self-guided.

If you cannot see the date you want, then we may be able to set up a separate trip for you if you have enough people in your group. Get in touch.