· Only 2% of rivers in England and Wales have Public access
· The public do not have access along 65, 000 kms of rivers in England and Wales
· Whoever owns the land along the river (the riparian owner) also owns the property rights to the river bed. They don’t own the water itself, only the land it passes over.
· Nearly all the most beautiful inland rivers are not accessible to the public.
· Canoeing is an increasingly popular recreation, and is not socially exclusive
· Canoeing is an affordable means of getting "on the water” for everyone, especially young people, families and the retired.
· Providing greater access to the rivers will enable a healthier and fitter nation as canoeing and other water sports are very much about participation.
· Watersports and other waterside recreations are increasing in popularity and clarity and certainty of access is needed.
We have been given the right to roam but not the permission to paddle!!
The Rivers Access campaign