We need moor help on rivers

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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.

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