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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're conducting a survey to better understand what can be done to encourage more boaters to venture out onto the tidal River Trent.
The survey is being developed by our East Midlands Waterway Partnership along with The Boating Association and Inland Waterways Association. Together they are keen to attract more boaters onto the tidal Trent, but it’s hoped that the findings will provide useful insights for other rivers across the country.
The Partnership has developed the short survey to understand boaters’ perceptions of cruising on tidal, non-tidal and canalised rivers. It’s hoped this will identify possible barriers which may prevent boaters from exploring parts of the river.
The findings will then be used to develop a package of measures which could include training courses, instructional videos, more readily-available information or informal boating convoys.
Danny Brennan, chair of the Trust’s waterway partnership in the East Midlands, said; “We firmly believe that every boater should experience the River Trent at some point in their lives but we also recognise that there are some things we could do to encourage them to do so.
“Whether it be a degree of fear or a simple practicality, such as not knowing when locks will be open, we want to properly understand why more boaters don’t venture out onto the Trent.
“Once we’ve identified all the issues we can then start to look at ways in which they can be addressed. We want to make it easier and more attractive for boaters to venture onto our rivers so that they can really get out there and explore a different aspect of life on the water.”
The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MQ7RDTZ.
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