Depending on where you want to fish, you may need to buy a Waterway Wanderers permit from us. This gives individual anglers, or angling clubs as a group, miles of canal fishing in England and Wales.
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.
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.
A Waterway Wanderers permit runs for 12 months from the day you buy it.
Costs for permits bought before 1 April 2021:
Costs for permits bought from 1 April 2021 onwards:
*You can join the Angling Trust online, or by calling 0343 5077 006 (option 1).
You'll need to register yourself on our online account system. Once you've registered, sign in and click the Waterway Wanderers option to buy your permit.
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, Canal & River Trust, Fearns Wharf, Neptune Street, Leeds, LS9 8PB.
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.
As with all things in life, there are a few rules we ask you to follow please.
Last date edited: 6 January 2021