Upcoming Events & Meetings

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Work Party - Horseways Channel

23 May 2018

Allpress Farms, Byall Fen Drove, Chatteris PE16 6XQ

Work Party Northampton Arm

23 May 2018


Market Drayton RCTA BH Floating Market

25 May 2018

Shropshire Union Canal, Market Drayton, TF9 1HU

Bollington RCTA May Spring BH Floating Market

25 May 2018

Bollington, SK10 5GR

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IWA is the leading membership charity dedicated to protecting and restoring Britain’s network of canal and river waterways. We use our extensive experience and member knowledge to formulate expert policies as well as undertake local and national campaigns that have a real impact on the UK's inland waterways.

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Hottest IWA Canalway Cavalcade on Record

Hottest IWA Canalway Cavalcade on Record

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Campaign to Remove Dee Branch Blockage

Campaign to Remove Dee Branch Blockage

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New Mosaic Nature Trail on Northampton Arm

New Mosaic Nature Trail on Northampton Arm

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IWA Campaigns

IWA campaigns for 100% of Britain's inland waterways. IWA’s vision is to see a widely-appreciated and well-maintained network of inland waterways available for the benefit of all.
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IWA Local

IWA is organised through a network of 8 Regions and 33 local Branches. Branches hold events in their area, including work parties, fund-raising activities, walks and meetings.
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For Kids

WOW is IWA's programme of activities for children. Materials can be used wherever young people might like to learn more about our inland waterways and their history.
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Essex Waterways

IWA’s subsidiary company Essex Waterways Ltd. took over the management of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in 2005 in order to prevent its closure.

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IWA's Waterway Recovery Group volunteers have helped restore many derelict waterways in Britain through their week-long Canal Camp working holidays and weekend digs.
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