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Somerset Waterways Development Trust

In Somerset there is a wealth of waterways and canals ready to be rediscovered as an important local asset. The Trust is a group of like minded people with their eyes and hearts set on conserving, protecting, improving and enjoying Somerset's watery inheritance.


The main objectives of the Trust are:

  • Promoting Somerset Waterways

  • Educating people about Somerset Waterways

  • Interpreting the history and landscape of Somerset Waterways

  • Protecting and conserving the environment, landscape, heritage and recreational resource of Somerset Waterways

  • Improving and enhancing in a sustainable manner Somerset Waterways


The waterways of Somerset are not just about boats and boating. They are about the environment, the landscape, our historic inheritance as well as a place to relax and slow down. Whether you are a boater, walker, an angler, a local resident, or a tourist the offer that Somerset provides in respect of waterway activities are great. However they are underdeveloped, often hidden and consequently not being used or appreciated as well as they could. The Somerset Waterways Development Trust has been formed to change this!


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