Fluvial Design Guide - Chapter 6 Background

Navigation, recreation and amenity

Valerie Stephens

Chapter 6 examines fluvial design in the context of the use of our rivers and streams for navigation, recreation and amenity. It includes links to helpful websites providing information on navigation authorities and the rivers they manage.

The first part of the chapter covers navigation, and has a sub-section on each of the two major elements that make up navigation infrastructure – namely locks and moorings. These are illustrated by case studies showing the successful implementation of improvement works on navigable waterways. General guidance is also given on construction works, facilities associated with navigation, and disabled access.

Landscape issues are introduced and there is a specific section on bank protection which is illustrated by examples of recent works carried out.

The section on recreation covers both water-based activities (such as canoeing) and land-based activities (particularly walking along rivers), and includes guidance on provisions for anglers as well as disabled access.

The chapter closes with a discussion of opportunities for recreation and amenity enhancements as part of flood risk management schemes.

Chapter Structure

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Navigation

6.3 Things to do along our rivers (recreation)


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An example of a recently improved mooring suitable for boats and canoes

Valerie Stephens

V A Stephens
Project Team Manager
Environment Agency
Swift House, Frimley Business Park, Camberley, Surrey GU16 7SQ

Valerie Stephens is experienced in managing civil engineering projects within the National Capital Programme Management Service for the Environment Agency. She manages the navigation programme as well as flood alleviation projects such as reservoir embankments and tidal defences. She is a chartered civil engineer with broad ranging experience within the industry.