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The campaign for River Access for All
Who are we?


We are a group of ordinary canoeists who have formed a company limited by guarantee to gain recognition that there is, and always has been, a public right of navigation on our rivers.

We are not Judges or Parliament so we cannot "tell" you what the true situation is. But we can show you the evidence of history, including what Parliament and Judges have said in the past.

We also give others, if they can, the opportunity to explain the errors in our key assertions. We believe if you look at this evidence it will lead you to the inescapable conclusion that there is, and always has been, a Public Right of Navigation on all rivers in England & Wales, subject only to the physical constraints of the river and the size/nature of the craft using them.

We have no commercial interest in the successful resolution of this issue.

Our objective is simply that canoeists, swimmers and others should be able to enjoy the pleasures of our rivers through river access - for all.

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What others say


We also give others, if they can, the opportunity to explain the errors in our key assertions.

So if you know of such an error please tell us.

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  • New Approach From New Minister?


    In a surprise twist on the recent government reshuffle, Dan Rogerson, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, has gained Inland Waterways within his ministerial portfolio.


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  • Gone Fishing?


    Richard Benyon, allegedly the richest MP in Parliament, has been sacked from his job as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs at Defra.


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  • Welsh Government Moves To Settle Access Issues


    John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport in the Welsh Assembly Government, has announced plans to introduce legislation to settle access to and along rivers in Wales.


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  • Reorganised Agencies in Wales


    A new agency, Natural Resources Wales, has taken over the functions of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Governmenty.


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  • Lets Get it Clear


    After finding itself on the opposite side of the argument from DEFRA over Keith the seal, the Angling Trust now finds its stance on riparian owners rights to control navigation by canoes at odds with what DEFRA say.


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  • Changing your mind


    When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? - John Maynard Keynes.

    The Angling Trust change their mind too.

    When they learned that a seal was in the River Severn and eating fish (as seals will) they applied to a licence to shoot it.


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  • It was a Simple Enough Question but Not Answered


    It was a simple enough question but one that Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs chose not to answer...

    The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to adopt a policy for navigation on unregulated watercourses which is consistent with current legislation or explain by what authority the Department holds a contrary policy.


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  • Why does Richard Benyon continue to encourage angling groups to believe they have a veto over navigation?


    The Angling Trust have issued a statement quoting an interview with Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs in which Mr Benyon says voluntary access agreements as the only way forward and Anglers and fishery owners spend a lot of time and money caring for our rivers and streams and their rights deserve to be respected, seemingly at the expense of every other interest group...


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  • The river access for all Shop is now open


    River Access for All are proud to offer a variety of promotional items. All profits from the sale of these items go toward the upkeep and promotion of the campaign....


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  • Paul Heiney, presenter of Countrywise on ITV, has signed up as a supporter of River Access For All.


    River Access for All are proud to welcome Paul Heineyas a supporter. Paul writes... "Over a few decades we have seen enormous progress in giving each and every one of us access to all parts of the countryside. Where once we were barred, we are now free to roam the hills and fells, the moors and the Dales. It has been a real revolution."


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  • World's Foremost Extreme Kayaker supports River Access For All


    Shaun Baker, the world's foremost extreme kayaker, has signed up as a supporter of River Access For All.

    Shaun holds 4 world records for paddling off huge waterfalls, down seemingly impossible gradients, and even the "Land Speed Record" for a kayak (on snow!).


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