The situation regarding access may not have changed legally but on the river the attitude does seem to have mellowed, there have been very few reports of problems this year, the main one being in Llangollen and that was aimed more at the rafters than ourselves. I doubt the situation will ever be legally resolved as the politicians don't seem to have the motivation to tackle it and with all the Brexit problems it is bound to be shelved for the next few years. Our best approach is to just keep paddling in a responsible way respecting other river users.
Our situation is always compared to Scotland but there is a very important difference, open access was not granted in Scotland it was just confirmed and a set of rules was drawn up to regulate it. It was found that there was never any trespass laws in Scotland and when this was put to the landowners they had a choice of a free for all or the regulated access that was agreed. The legal situation in England & Wales is far more complicated so would require considerable time and effort to sort out, is there the political will to undertake the task?
"Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men"
Grp Cpt Sir Douglas Bader CBE,DSO,DFC,FRAeS.