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We Need Your Help

Sign our petition below and join the movement to secure fair, shared and sustainable open access on our waterways for all!

Support Clear Access Clear Waters. Join the 12462 other people seeking to secure fair, shared and sustainable open access to waterways for all!

We are asking the Government to review current policy toward access on waters in England and Wales. This includes considering new legislation where necessary. Signing the petition will help us achieve this.

After signing you will receive a copy by email. Share it with your MP by post, email, or social media. In addition, we’ll also contact your MP directly by email every month to update on the level of support for Clear Access Clear Waters in your area.

Sign up to receive updates and we can let you know when we intend on taking the petitions to Parliament. Help us secure these precious natural places for generations to come.

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The Petition You Are Signing


Paddlers, open water swimmers and all members of the public who enjoy being on or beside water for recreation, enjoyment and fun are seeking an equal and fair right of access on all waters in England and Wales, as exists in Scotland.

The Countryside and Rights of Way of Act (2000) established a right to roam on our mountains, moors and heath, however our network of waterways were excluded from the legislation. The right to enjoy these spaces continues to be deeply contested.

With our rivers environments facing greater threats than ever before and our population facing physical and mental wellbeing challenges, change is urgently required to secure our waterways for the next generation; as safe, healthy and welcoming places for responsible recreational activity.

We are asking the respective Governments to review current policy toward access on waters in England and Wales, including consideration of new legislation, to establish a public right for fair, shared sustainable open access on all waters in England and Wales.

Yours sincerely



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