To get active in and around Manchester, try canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, or hiking. All will give you an opportunity to take in Manchester’s beautiful New England landscape.

For canoeing, try BattenKill Canoe Ltd. in Arlington (800-421-5268 or 802-362-2800; www.battenkill.com), where you can rent a canoe for the day, or take part in one of their 5-day packages that takes you canoeing from inn to inn. Hours are 9 AM – 5:30 PM from May to October (some, very limited, hours available the rest of the year).

You can get fly-fishing lessons through Orvis (800-548-9548), which are held between the middle of April and Labor Day. You will practice on the company’s ponds as well as in the Battenkill River.

Head out on the Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail for some mountain biking adventure. Some of the trail runs through unbeaten grass and brush, while at other points you’ll be riding on the original ballast. To get to the start of the trail from Manchester center, take route 30 north to Route 315 and then on to Route 153. Once you reach West Pawlet, you’ll see Duchie’s General Store – park across from it and then begin your journey going south from the old D&H freight depot.

Finally, if you want to see the area by foot, hiking in the hills of Manchester is easy to do. Go to the Green Mountain District Ranger Station, where they can give you the “Day Hikes on the Manchester Ranger District” brochure. In this you will find 19 beautiful hikes to choose from, each of which can give you spectacular angles on the Manchester landscape.

 For Bicycling try Battenkill Sports (.com) for rentals of road , hybrid and mountain bikes, free mpas and route suggestions.. Also clothing, helmets and shoes. Repairs. Trek and Specialized dealer.  802-362-2734