Currently if you’d like to enjoy English and Welsh waterways you’re likely to be accused of trespassing because the bed and banks of rivers and canals are privately owned, unlike Scotland/the rest of the world. I believe our rivers should be open to all to enjoy.
Over 96% of river systems are without public access. The legal situation is unfavourable for access. Owners of riverbeds and banks have riparian property rights, but do not own the water. Riparian owners can exercise control over access to inland waters where there is not a right of access.
The Govt has agendas for increasing access to coastlines, physical exercise, improving health and outdoor education.
Access to our rivers should be a right!
If you support this, please sign the government petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/123180