British Canoeing members
As a British Canoeing member, you are given a membership card which also serves as your waterways licence. A lanyard is also provided for ease of display. Carry your British Canoeing membership card with you at all times, as you may be asked to show this to authorised navigation officials. You can see the list of included waterways in the list below.
Clubs using the waterways listed below require a licence for each club boat. British Canoeing affiliated clubs can be provided with additional licences by British Canoeing at a considerable cost saving to buying licences direct from the navigation authorities Current details are included on the Club Affiliation form.
Waterways Licences included for Members
The following waterways in the following list are included under British Canoeing’s licencing arrangements with navigation authorities. You can click on each to be taken to the navigation authority’s website for more information, along with details of rules and regulations for navigating their waterways.
All Canal & River Trust Waterways
- See the Canal & River Trust for a list of all waterways managed by Canal & River Trust
All Environment Agency managed waterways*
- Black Sluice Navigation;
- River Ancholme;
- River Cam (below Bottisham Lock);
- River Glen;
- River Great Ouse (below Kempston and the flood relief channel between the head sluice lock at Denver and the Tail sluice at Saddlebrow);
- River Lark;
- River Little Ouse (below Brandon Staunch);
- River Medway – below Tonbridge;
- River Nene – below Northampton;
- River Stour (Suffolk) – below Brundon Mill, Sudbury;
- River Thames – Cricklade Bridge to Teddington (including the Jubilee River and Maidenhead Waterway);
- River Welland; and
- River Wissey
- Norfolk & Suffolk Broads;
- River Ant;
- River Bure;
- River Chet;
- River Thurne;
- River Waveney;
- River Wensum;
- River Yare; and
- associated Broads and Dykes
Basingstoke Canal(Basingstoke Canal Authority)
Bridgewater Canal (Manchester Ship Canal Company)
River Cam – Cambridge to Bottisham Lock (Cam Conservators)*
River Avon(Warwickshire) – Alveston to Tewkesbury (Avon Navigation Trust)*
Wey & Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Trust)*
Wey & Godalming Navigations (National Trust)*
*All the waterways marked with an asterisk above include Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) in the British Canoeing licence arrangement. We are working to include SUPs in more of our agreements in the future.
Rivers and Canal navigations where a licence is not required
There are a number of non-tidal rivers where navigation rights are recognised and where boats are not a required to be licensed. Known examples are the River Wye below Hay-on-Wye, River Lugg from Leominster, River Severn between Pool Quay near Welshpool and Stourport, and River Rother (East Sussex) downstream from Bodiam.