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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Find a place to fish
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The canals in Wales can become world class tourist attractions over the next decade, as well as provide jobs and vital support for the country’s economy, a report launched today sets-out.
Edwina Hart MBE, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, welcomed the proposals from Glandŵr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales – which unveiled a ten-year strategy to support its ambitious aims at the Senedd in Cardiff.
People are now being asked for their comments on the plan, which focuses on the economic, health and conservation benefits waterways can provide in Wales, working in partnership with local communities and government.
The aims in the next decade include:
Dr Mark Lang, chair of Glandŵr Cymru’s, said: “Wales’ canals are already much-loved and supported. They are beautiful, home to 200-years of proud industrial heritage and contribute over £30million to the national economy each year. But there is so much un-tapped potential.
“Now, with the waterways outside Westminster-control for the first time since the Second World War, we want to ensure they are at the very heart of supporting Welsh business, tourism and health priorities. We know that the first job is for us to make sure our waterways continue to be relevant to people’s lives, only then can we build the support and investment that will see them benefitting communities in a major way.
“Our plans are ambitious, but purposefully so. We know it will take a lot of work, and it’ll mean ourselves, communities, local groups and government at all levels joining together. This starts with people telling us what they think of the plans, so I’d encourage anyone interested to let us know what they think.”
Edwina Hart MBE, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, said: "The development of our waterways in Wales provides an excellent opportunity to develop successful tourism destinations that can provide a high quality environment for our visitors. In addition to this, the facilities for visitors will also be used by local communities in which they are located and will help generate local income and jobs.
“There is evidence of inland waterways in the UK transforming destinations and providing hot spots for investment and growth. I would encourage that the focus of any development schemes in Wales promote associations with local culture to support tourism but also instil local pride and identity.”
Glandŵr Cymru cares for the Swansea, Llangollen, Montgomery and Monmouthshire & Brecon Canals in Wales. The draft 10-year strategy has been produced by the charity’s All Wales Partnership which is made up of nine members drawn from people living and working in Wales to advise the charity on strategic direction and ensure that it is working with Welsh Government to support national priorities such as health and employment.
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
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