Eighteenth and nineteenth century canal building was about creating transport routes for goods. Routes were used intensively for this and boats with any other purpose was a rarity. Today, the wonderful network of navigations that we've inherited serves many different purposes, and when it comes to cruising, that too is dramatically different in character.
Relatively few boats are used full time for the transport of goods, although happily the tradition is kept alive by some. Overwhelmingly, boats are kept for recreational or residential uses, and in much greater numbers than existed in previous centuries. The obvious result is large numbers of boats needing places to tie up.
After the waterways were nationalised in 1948, there was a series of parliamentary Acts aimed at ensuring that the British Waterways Board managed the waterways in the public interest.
Increasingly, these Acts recognised the changing conditions with more and more boats needing places to tie up for short or long periods. In maintaining policies to maximise public benefit, British Waterways, and now the Trust must comply with the legislation and interpret it to create easily understood ‘rules of the road’.
In doing this, our aim is to achieve a fair balance between sometimes competing interests. Here are the principles on which our moorings policies are based:
Last date edited: 14 July 2015