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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Our annual national boat count has confirmed that licence evasion rates are below 5% for the sixth year in a row – with 95.4% of boats on the 2,000 miles of waterways it cares for found to be holding up-to-date licences.
The national boat count also paints a picture of the changing numbers of boats across the country. London, for example, has seen an increase of 291 boats sighted year-on-year, equivalent to more than five boats arriving every week. Nationally the number of boats sighted during the count was up around 3% on 2014.
Ian Rogers, head of customer services at Canal & River Trust, said: “Boaters make a hugely valuable contribution to the life of the waterways, not least by helping to fund their vital upkeep. It’s great to see so many people keeping their licences up to date as the more who do, the less time and money we have to spend on evasion and the more we can focus on the maintenance and repairs, dredging, vegetation and other customer service improvements – plus all the other day-to-day work we do to keep our historic canals and rivers navigable. Quite aside from that, if a boat isn’t licensed we can’t know it’s safe, which poses a risk for the boat owner and other boaters alike.
“While evasion remains low, it was disappointing to see some boats without a licence and a slight increase in evasion compared with last year. When we’ve kept licence increases at no more than inflation, it is disappointing to see a small minority taking the benefits of boating on the waterways without putting anything back to fund their upkeep. Regretfully, in 2014/15, we had to remove 83 boats from our canals and rivers as they were unlicensed or in breach of our terms and conditions.”
The annual survey was completed in March, with our staff identifying boats on waterways across England & Wales. It provides a comprehensive snap-shot of licence evasion, with the information used to support the day-to-day enforcement work.
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018