We need moor help on rivers
QIs it legal to display ‘No Mooring’ signs on the river bank when there is a towpath between a property and the river? I always understood that a towpath was an indication that it was okay to moor unless there was a very good reason not to.
It would help our long-term cruising fraternity because on some parts of the Thames there is a proliferation of ‘No Mooring – Private Moorings’ signs etc where a towpath exists between a property and the river bank. The origin of the towpath dates back to the days of horsedrawn barges which frequently had to stop overnight to rest, feed and water the horse. NICK REPLIES... Sorry to say that while there is a long-established (ancient, in fact) right to land on the towpath bank for the purposes of embarking and disembarking, but there is no right to moor.
Ownership of the river towpath bank varies enormously, from local councils to private riparian owners. All are able to control mooring to their property and the landowner’s permission is often required to moor, even where no sign is present.
However, when it comes to the canals some people do put up ‘No Mooring’ signs on the towpath side where you are perfectly entitled to moor – many of these signs are put up by Nimby householders and have no legal basis, so ignore them unless there is a good reason.