We have recently received a few reports of paddlers being challenged regarding trespass on our rivers. You can find out more about our position on river access at our Waterways & Environment pages.
However, British Canoeing have put together five key points from our Trespass Briefing Note to advise paddlers on recommended actions if you have been alleged of trespassing.
The law of Trespass is an extremely complicated subject. While these five key points are put together to provide some guidance to paddlers, it does not provide definitive legal advice.
1. Always remain polite and calm – If you feel you are not trespassing, communicate that view in a friendly and positive manner.
2. #ShareTheSpace – Ensure you always paddle with respect for all other users. Check with any anglers the best way to pass them for example. Please refer to You, Your Canoe and the Environment
3. Don’t disclose your details – You are under no obligation to pass on your details unless asked to do so by a police officer.
4. Seek a positive resolution – To defuse the situation, simply continuing your journey is often the best option. Advice to those accused of trespass is usually to leave the land in question by the quickest and safest means possible. Usually for a boat on the river this would mean continuing downstream.
5. Let us know – Whether it is a positive example we can share, or a negative issue we can help follow up, please inform us of any situations that occur by using our incident reporting form.
For British Canoeing’s full Trespass Briefing Note, see here.