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We're urging people to follow the Waterway Code

We've worked with boaters and anglers to update and relaunch the Waterway Code to help all those who share the water understand and be considerate of each other’s needs.

A summer boating trip

Many people discovered the joys of the waterways during lockdown and this summer, with overseas travel still largely restricted, private leisure boating, hire boat holidays, paddle sports and angling are expected to be more popular than ever. This is a timely reminder to share the space considerately.

Boaters, anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts are likely be familiar with much of the advice which offers common sense guidance and is an updated version of a previously published Code.

Jon Horsfall, our head of customer service support, said: “As boaters, anglers, and paddlers get back out on the water this summer, making the most of their licences, we are encouraging people to read and follow the Waterway Code and celebrate good manners and considerate behaviour. Being on or by the water makes people healthier and happier and we want to make sure everyone can enjoy the time they spend with us by following these simple pointers.”

The Waterway Code is a companion to the Towpath Code, which covers towpaths and cycling. The aim of both advisory codes is to make the waterways pleasant and safe places for everyone who uses them.

Last Edited: 02 July 2021

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