Sunday, 5 August 2012

UK inland waterways access map expanded

In just over a year from the initial post reporting on the creation of a new map to record disputed river access in England and Wales, over a thousand sections of UK inland waterway have been recorded by paddlers to create the most comprehensive online listing of its type to date.

Disputed inland waterways are now marked in purple (it was felt that the red colour initially used might give the impression that paddling was not allowed on these sections).  A number of Scottish rivers have also been added by way of contrast to the situation in England and Wales.

The Access Map can be found in a dedicated section of the Canoe Days Out website, which itself provides details of several trips on the canalised sections of the Kennet Navigation and the Kennet and Avon Canal including the
  • Kennet Navigation, Berkshire, Aldermaston Wharf to Colthrop Lock
  • Kennet Navigation, Berkshire, Theale to Aldemaston Wharf
  • Kennet Navigation and Thames, Berkshire, Theale to Thames Valley Business Park, Reading
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire, Rowde to Barge Inn, Seend
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire, Devizes Wharf to Bishops Cannings Swing Bridge
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Berkshire, Dunmill Lock, Near Hungerford to Newbury
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire, Honeystreet to Wooton Rivers
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire, Devizes to Honeystreet
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire, Wootton Rivers to Crofton Pumping Station
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire, Crofton Pumping Station to Hungerford
  • Kennet & Avon Canal, Somerset, Bathampton to Avoncliff Aqueduct

The Access Map homepage provides the option to view the map (with or without undisputed canal navigations), an alphabetical list of all the waterways logged, the ability to add further waterways, and a section of access-related links.
Due to the complicated inter-relationship of the River Kennet, the Kennet Navigation, and the riverine branches of these waterways, as well as the K&A Canal,...

The Access Map for River Kennet and Kennet Navigation now includes extended sections.  Please note that inclusion of a waterway does not imply automatic rights of access to that waterway or automatically confirm environmental conditions are appropriate for paddling at any given time.

...they are separately listed as follows:
  • Kennet & Avon Canal (from Newbury west) (#188): 90 kms
  • Kennet (Aldershot Water) (#172): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Benham Weir to Northcroft) (#67): 3 kms
  • Kennet (Bonsals Point to Garston Lock) (#178): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Burghfield Mill) (#179): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Chamberhouse Mill to Kings Bridge) (#169): 3 kms
  • Kennet (Crookham Manor to Brimpton Mill) (#170): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Drapers Osier Bed Stream) (#177): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Fobney Island river loop) (#181): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Frouds Marina corner to Ufton) (#173): 5 kms
  • Kennet (Ham Mill to Bulls Lock) (#68): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Hungerford to Hamstead Marshall) (#186): 9 kms
  • Kennet (Kings Bridge to Woolhampton) (#171): 2 kms
  • Kennet (Mildenhall to Hungerford) (#185): 16 kms
  • Kennet (Northcroft to the Navigation) (#182): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Padworth Stream) (#174): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Preshute to Mildenhall) (#184): 4 kms
  • Kennet (Southcote river loop) (#180): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Sulhamstead Weir loop) (#176): 1 kms
  • Kennet (The Craven Fishery) (#187): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Tyle Mill) (#175): 1 kms
  • Kennet (Upper reach) (#1143): 11 kms
  • Kennet (Widmead Weir to Chamberhouse Mill) (#69): 3 kms
  • Kennet Navigation (#65): 31 kms
Clicking on any of the above marked sections of waterway will generate a dialogue box from which a summary of reported access conditions can be viewed.

The dialogue box also permits paddlers to report access incidents or add new access ratings, as well as...

...the ability to view any existing reports.