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
Floating Pennywort removed on the Peak Forest Canal
Over the weekend, British Canoeing and the Canal & River Trust staff, members and volunteers took to the Peak Forest Canal near Hyde, to work in partnership with local paddling groups to remove the highly invasive plant species known as Floating Pennywort.
The Great River Derwent Clean Up!
Paddle Peak, a community group of Derbyshire paddlesport businesses, clubs and professionals have been out in canoes and kayaks spent five days cleaning up the River Derwent and its banks.
Paddle clubs across the country assemble for the SAS Autumn clean
The Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean: Summit to Sea took place from 19th-27th October. Despite most of the country suffering from torrential rain and rapidly rising river levels, many canoe and kayak clubs and centres across the country took to the waters and joined the national effort to clean our rivers and canals to prevent the waste entering our seas.
Lincoln Canoe Club takes part in National Campaign to remove plastic pollution from our waterways
A team of 14 volunteer Lincoln Canoe Club members spent a very wet Saturday morning cleaning litter up from the The Brayford Pool and Fossdyke Navigation as part of the national Autumn Beach Clean Summit to Sea campaign led by Surfers Against Sewage and partnered with British Canoeing.