Working towards better access to our waterways for all to swim and paddle

Go Swimming. Open up water.

By David Hanney

Join the discussion on trespass, inland water access and the right to roam.

Swimming is an integral part of our free access to nature. But blue space access was sacrificed by the CROW act.

Just added:  A Right to Swim | The Kinder Trespass Film

In this webinar meet the incredible line-up of activists who are fighting to get access back. Be inspired, get involved. And whatever else, make sure people get out of the way of you getting in!

For the uncontested right to swim: Alastair Humphreys talks to Kate Rew, Nick Hayes, Amy-Jane Beer, Owen Hayman, Imogen Radford and Nathan Willmott

What is inland access to water? Why don’t we have enough of it in England and Wales? How could we get more of it?

Taking part in the webinar, we have:

  • Host Alistair Humphreys: microadventurer, author and Alpkit Ambassador
  • Kate Rew: OSS founder, author of The Outdoor Swimming Handbook and veteran swim trespasser
  • Nick Hayes: author of The Book of Trespass, illustrator and Right to Roam campaigner
  • Amy-Jane Beer: biologist and author of The Flow: Rivers, Waters and Wildness
  • Owen Hayman: founder of Sheffield Outdoor Plungers and member of the OSS Inland Access Team
  • Imogen Radford: Inland Access Officer at the OSS
  • Nathan Willmott: OSS Legal Advisor

Hear how our panellists are working towards better access for all to swim, paddle and have fun – including challenges and successes. Expect to hear about topics including:

  • Common myths used by landowners and water companies e.g. permanent ‘blue algae’ signs
  • Why trespass is a civil and not a criminal offence – along with our panel’s favourite swim experiences that involved trespassing
  • What rights swimmers in other countries have and if there any systems that could work in England and Wales
  • How to defuse frosty encounters with landowners

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