British Canoeing is committed to playing a leading role in securing a clear future for our waters, and improving access on and along the water for paddlers.
Access to water and protection of the special places we paddle are fundamental aspects of our sport. We all want more places to go canoeing and we want them to be safe, clean and accessible.
British Canoeing is committed to working to secure fair, shared, sustainable access to water in England. Protection of our environment is of paramount importance and you can find details of the work British Canoeing is doing and how you can get involved through these pages.
The Places to Paddle Team at British Canoeing is dedicated to supporting the needs of members and the wider paddling community. Vital to our work is the support from volunteers. We hope this section of the website may help inspire you to take action and make a difference locally. We have tried to provide useful resources to inform, educate and support.
If you have something specific you require help or advice on, please do not hesitate to contact our team at [email protected] You can find details of locally available advice on the 'local contacts page'
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Access and Environment News
Transforming the Trent Valley Project secures funding for Canoe Trails.
New canoe trails will be created as part of the ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ project which has successfully secured a grant of £2.7m from the National Lottery to fund a range of projects.
An alternative plastic pick up
Dhruv Boruah is an outdoor enthusiast, campaigner and adventurer who has taken a different approach to tackling waterways pollution. He has even cycled on the Thames! Find out more here.
Important notice: St James Weir, Exeter, has collapsed
If you are paddling on the River Exe please be aware that the St James Weir in Exeter has collapsed.
BLOG: Nature, Water and Health
Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. He is the author of many books and a leading advocate for green exercise. Here he explains how being exposed to green and blue environments is critical for our physical and mental well being.