Wild swimming surged in popularity during lockdown and looks set to continue to grow. We want our rivers to be fit to swim in, but that isn’t always the case. Swim safe and stay informed!
Fishing is a fantastic way to enjoy rivers, understand more about their complex ecosystems and watch the wide range of nature they support.
With canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), rowing, and rafting, there are plenty of options for veteran voyagers and nautical novices alike. You can sit down, stand up, cruise on flat water and stay dry, or run rapids and get wet. There’s something for everyone!
Despite covering less than 1% of the Earth’s surface, freshwater ecosystems provide habitat for more than 100,000 known species! Our guide talks about some of the fantastic species you might spot at your local river.
Activities for children
It’s never too early to start a journey down the river. Whether it’s enjoying splashing about whilst learning to fish or holding a looking glass up to fascinating freshwater species, there are so many ways for children to get involved with The Rivers Trust – and parents will be happy to know that they don’t all involve getting your feet wet.