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British Canoeing keeps Paddlers paddling on the Cam

British Canoeing is pleased to inform its members that an agreement has been reached with the Cam Conservators to extend the licence agreement for the section of the River Cam under their jurisdiction until the end of March 2021. Cam Conservancy waters extend from the Mill Pond in Cambridge down to Bottisham Lock. No licence is required upstream of the Mill Pond. Below Bottisham Lock, the Environment Agency is the navigation authority.

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Photo credit: David Savage

British Canoeing members will be able to continue to enjoy this fantastic piece of water without any additional charge for the next 12 months. This will come as welcome news to very many people who expressed their concerns to the Places to Paddle Team, over the potential loss of this waterway from our block licence.

Regional Waterway Volunteer, David Savage said: “The Cam is a wonderful stretch of water. This short stretch through Cambridge is extremely scenic and historic and many paddlers value this section being covered by the British Canoeing block licence. It is a really popular trail and I am pleased that an agreement has been reached.”

The agreement is subject to the following conditions:

  • The licence extends to individual ‘on the water’ members of British Canoeing only. (Members of clubs or paddlesport providers must make arrangements with the Cam Conservators directly to cover their vessels)
  • Paddlers must adhere to the Conservators’ by-laws and conditions of registration (see include clearly displaying an identification number (British Canoeing membership number) on both sides of the craft at all times
  • Paddlers must carry their British Canoeing membership card with them at all times and present if requested by a member of the Cam Conservancy.

British Canoeing works closely with navigation authorities such as the Cam Conservators, Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency and others to combine all the main licensable water under our membership. This gives members the ability to paddle on over 4,500km of our waters, without having to seek separate licences.

Places to Paddle Manager, Ben Seal said: “The waterway licence is cited by our members as one of the main reasons why people join British Canoeing."

It is a fantastic asset and we are really pleased that we can continue to work with the Cam Conservators. The money that goes into the Navigation Authorities helps preserve and protect our waterway network; from preserving the natural environment to maintaining our heritage.

– Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager