Pontardawe and Swansea Angling Society

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Our Waters

We own or control most of the fishing in the River Tawe from Ynysmeudwy downstream to Morriston. We intend to allow canoeing members to use those waters where we are the owners or where riparian owners have given us permission to allow canoeing.

The uppermost boundary is the Cwmdu Brook, Ynysmeudwy. Then downstream both banks, to the upper limit of the Inco Recreation Ground. From the lower boundary of the Inco Works downstream both banks to the Beaufort Weir, Morriston, EXCEPT FOR:

Maps will be made available, showing access and egress points and those stretches where canoeing will be allowed.

The rules which will apply to canoeing on our waters can be found in our Byelaws here (PDF, 182KB)…

02 Feb 2015

Ministers have urged riparian owners and those who control fishing rights to enter into voluntary access agreements with canoeists and have indicated that, if there is little progress in making inland waters available for paddlesports, they will consider changes to the law. They have however made it clear that they support access arrangements which involve payment of a reasonable fee, for example “where club-based facilities are subject to membership or obtaining permits”.

Against this background the Society decided at a general meeting in September 2010 to create a canoe section, which would allow members to engage in paddlesports on club waters at times when it would not conflict with fishing and in ways which will not disturb migrating and spawning fish.

Members at the general meeting decided that canoeing members should be subject to the same sort of arrangements as fishing members, who pay membership subscriptions and have to comply with rules designed to protect the facilities and the interests of other members.

Canoe Section

Members will probably be aware that, following a long campaign by canoeists to obtain unrestricted access to inland waters, the Sustainability Committee of the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) held an inquiry during 2010 and produced a report with a number of recommendations. The mass of evidence (including ours) submitted to the Sustainability Committee can be seen here, their report can be read here (PDF, 490KB) and the response of WAG ministers can be read here (PDF, 160KB).

Amongst other things, the SusComm report confirmed the legal position as follows:

“The public right of navigation that exists on tidal waters does not apply to non-tidal waters, and consequently there is no general common law right of public navigation either in non-tidal rivers, or on inland lakes.”

“Unless a public right of navigation exists, or the owner of the river bed, and/or owner of the fishing rights where appropriate has given permission, then anyone who travels along the stretch of water is committing trespass.”