As the charity that cares for and brings to life 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales, we own the fishing rights for these waterways. And it's with your support that we can make sure they're open for anglers to use and enjoy every day.
Which stretches do I need a Waterway Wanderers permit for?
On most of our canals and rivers, local angling clubs rent the fishing rights from us, so you'll need to get your fishing permit directly from them. See our fisheries list to find the club nearest the area where you want to fish.
For non-rented stretches, you will need to buy one of our Waterway Wanderers permits before you start to fish.
We're currently updating our interactive map showing details of all the Waterway Wanderers stretches and those rented by angling clubs. In the meantime, please check our list of Waterway Wanderers stretches. To fish at any area on this list you will need a buy a permit from us, and there are details below of how to do this. If you have any questions please email us.
How much does a Waterway Wanderers permit cost?
A Waterway Wanderers permit runs for 12 months from the day you buy it.
Costs for permits bought from 1 April 2023 onwards:
Concessions (includes concessionary rod licence holders, over 65s or Angling Trust members*): £15
Juniors (aged 16 or under on the purchase date): £5
Call 0303 040 4040 and pay with your credit or debit card. Please have your rod licence handy, as we'll need it to process your permit.
Send a cheque made payable to Canal & River Trust to us at: Waterway Wanderers, National Waterways Museum South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW
Please include your full name, address and rod licence number. If you're applying for a concessionary permit, please include a photocopy of proof of your age (such as your birth certificate) or your Angling Trust membership. Allow up to 14 days for delivery by post.
Never fish within 25 metres of a lock, swing bridge or water point.
No fishing between boats on permanent moorings, or at visitor moorings where there is a sign prohibiting fishing.
Where there are no signs at visitor moorings explaining whether fishing is permitted, assume that mooring boats have priority during the boating season. At other times access is on a first come first served basis.