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Clear Access, Clear Waters website launched

British Canoeing has launched a brand new website to support its groundbreaking campaign,  Clear Access, Clear Waters, making it easier for all water users to get behind their ambition of fair, shared, sustainable open access.

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The website, clearaccessclearwaters.org.uk, will make it simpler for supporters to see how they can practically get behind it and play their part in making our waterways sustainable for future generations.

Every day, people across the country are getting active outdoors – walking, swimming, paddling, camping and climbing – from the heart of our cities to the most far flung parts of the great outdoors. But there is less than 4 percent of rivers across England and Wales where recreational users such as paddlers and swimmers can participate without fear of confrontation or challenge. Why? Because access to over 96% of rivers has been disputed for more than 60 years and the situation is getting worse.

Our society needs access to outdoor spaces more than ever. Our access to them for enjoyment, learning and fun must be free and protected forever. That's why we need you to sign our petition!

Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager, said: “In the 12 months since the launch of the charter in Westminster, we have achieved a great deal in raising the profile of the Charter. We have  built support with political parties, met with Ministers and energised the paddling community behind an aspiration for fair, shared access for all.

It is 20 years since the CRoW Act granted access to our mountains and moors, now is the time we need paddlers, swimmers and ALL outdoor enthusiasts to help get behind our campaign, and really champion the case for fair, shared access on all our waters!

– ​Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager

“We need our supporters to lobby, shout, share and care and the new website is a tangible way for EVERYONE who enjoys rivers and other waterways to get behind the campaign, by using the clearaccessclearwaters.org.uk website.”

There are four easy ways to support the Clear Access, Clear Waters campaign:

  1. Sign the petition and email or tweet  your MP

  2. Become a supporter or campaigner 

  3. Organise and plot your paddle cleanup 

  4. Spread the word and encourage others to do the same!

There are other ways to get involved too, including listening to the podcast ‘Clear Access, Clear Waters,’ nominating your Champion on the waterways and telling us about the work you, your club or your centre are doing to promote the campaign. Everything you need to get involved with the campaign is on the website. Take a look, get stuck in and join the campaign for fair, shared and sustainable open access on water!  Together we can make a change.

Fair, shared and sustainable open access for all… that’s not too much to ask for, is it?