About the Trust

The Canal aCanal & River Trustnd River Trust is a  charity that believes that life is better by water. They work with communities to transform their local canal or river, creating places and spaces that can be used and enjoyed by everyone, every day.

All portable, unpowered craft such as canoes, kayaks, dinghies, rowing boats, paddleboards require a license to use the canal system. You can buy a licence for your paddleboard through their licensing website. Prices range from around £12 for a week’s licence on a river only to around £40 for 30-day ‘Explorer’ licence on a canal or river (prices as of April 2021), which allows you to spread out your use across the year.

The British Canoeing ‘waterways licence’ gives you access to 5,000 miles of inland waterways, including our canals and rivers. It also gives you access to the waterways managed by the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority. The individual adult, young person, or youth On The Water membership costs from £27 – £45 per year.. Perfect for the individual paddler. This option includes:

  • Waterways Licence
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Craft Insurance Discount

You can help the Trust by being a Volunteer or work for them as an Employee.

Bill Bailey on paddleboarding

Bill is a keen paddleboarder and shares some his experiences in the video below.


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