Follow the Waterway Code

Published: Monday, 05 July 2021

FOLLOW the Waterway Code, urges Canal & River Trust.

The trust tells it has worked with boaters and anglers to update and relaunch the Waterway Code to help all those who share the water understand and be considerate of each other’s needs.

The joys of the waterways

Many people, it adds, discovered the joys of the waterways during lockdown and this summer, with overseas travel still largely restricted, private leisure boating, hire boat holidays, paddle sports and angling are expected to be more popular than ever. This is a timely reminder to share the space considerately.

Jon Horsfall, Head of Customer Service Support at Canal & River Trust, explains:

“As boaters, anglers, and paddlers get back out on the water this summer, making the most of their licences, we are encouraging people to read and follow the Waterway Code and celebrate good manners and considerate behaviour. Being on or by the water makes people healthier and happier and we want to make sure everyone can enjoy the time they spend with us by following these simple pointers.”

Advisory codes

The Waterway Code is a companion to the Towpath Code, which covers towpaths and cycling. The aim of both advisory codes is to make the waterways pleasant and safe places for everyone who uses them.

The Waterway Code can be found here.