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Waterway Wanderers

Looking for somewhere to fish? Our Waterway Wanderers Scheme means that individual anglers and angling clubs have access to many miles of canal fishing in England and Wales, at very competitive prices.

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Most of the fishing rights on the canal network are licensed to angling clubs but some stretches may not be let for various reasons. Our Waterway Wanderers Scheme makes these waters available to individual anglers and angling clubs.

Permit details

Permits for individual anglers

The new Waterway Wanderers permit is an annual permit that runs for 12 months from the date of issue.

  • Adult permits £20
  • Senior citizens £10 (over the age of 65)
  • Juniors £5 (16 or under on the date of purchase)

Individual members of the Angling Trust are also entitled to the £10 concessionary rate upon receipt of a photocopy of their membership card.

Season permits for angling clubs

Any bona fida angling club registering in advance with the Waterway Wanderers Administrator may join the Waterway Wanderers club scheme. Registration is free of charge but all clubs registering must hold third party public liability insurance. Registered clubs with 10 or more joining members could purchase season permits at the concessionary rate of £10. All club permits would be bought in blocks of 5 with a minimum purchase of 10. This also entitles the registered club to a certain number of free matches (a £10 booking fee is required but no peg fees) on any fishery within the Waterway Wanderers Scheme as set out in the table below.

 Number of participating members Number of free matches  Maximum size 
 10   2  10 pegs 
 15  3  15 pegs
 20  4  20 pegs
 25  5  25 pegs
 30  6  30 pegs
 35 and upwards  10  100 pegs


* Columns relate to number of participating members, number of matches with no peg fees (only the booking fee is required) and maximum size of free match.

Registered clubs wishing to book additional matches in addition to the free allocation may do so at a rate of £3 per peg plus the booking fee. Note that not all club members will be required to purchase a Waterway Wanderers permit.

Availability of permits All permits must be obtained in advance.

Match fishing arrangements The arrangements for registered clubs are outlined above. For non registered clubs wanting to book a match the match peg fee will be £5 per peg plus a £10 booking fee with a minimum match size of 10 pegs.

Enquiries and obtaining permits For all permits, match bookings and club registration enquiries contact:

Mr John Harding 34 Nantwich Road Tarporley CW6 9UW email: j.harding048@btinternet.com telephone: 01829 732748

Waterway Wanderers fishing rules

  • Permit holders may use a maximum of two rods.
  • No native fish species to be removed from the fishery under any circumstances.
  • Zander and non native crayfish must not be returned to the water once caught.
  • No fishing in the close season on waters where the close season currently applies.
  • Keepnets may be used but anglers must adhere to the Angling Trust keepnet code.
  • Permits must be carried at all times and must be made available to authorised bailiffs and Canal & River Trust staff on demand.
  • Anglers are strongly advised to hold insurance covering their third party risk arising out of their angling activities (included as part of individual Angling Trust membership).
  • All permit holders are required to hold an Environment Agency rod licence.
  • No fishing in the vicinity of overhead powerlines.
  • Fishing must not take place within 25 metres of a lock approach, swing bridge or water point.
  • No fishing between boats on permanent towing path moorings or at visitor moorings where so signed.
  • Where visitor moorings are not signed as to whether fishing is permitted, its is assumed that during the boating season those wishing to moor have priority, at other times access will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Anglers are requested to follow the spirit of the Waterways Code and act responsibly at all times.

Useful contacts

To become an Angling Trust member and obtain a discounted season permit telephone: 08447 700616 To obtain a rod licence telephone: 08448 005386.

Waters available

See which waters are currently available under the Waterway Wanderers Scheme.

You can also use our 'Find a fishery' search which includes - and labels - the available waters.

Last date edited: 10 November 2016