Upcoming Events & Meetings

Featured events

Work Party Manchester

16 November 2019

Manchester, UK

Work Party Banbury

19 November 2019

Banbury, UK

Work party - Northampton Arm

19 November 2019

Northampton, UK

Work Party Cheshire Locks

21 November 2019

Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal.

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Working to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers

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.

Our Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects across the country and runs Canal Camp restoration working holidays, as well as providing skills training for volunteers.

Become a member today and help us to protect and expand the waterways network that you love.

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Final Family Camp success

Final Family Camp success

Despite howling winds and torrential rain, four intrepid families, with seven children ...

Value of inland waterways report

Value of inland waterways report

As part of our work to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of inland waterways, we ...

First Silver Propeller Challenge finishers

First Silver Propeller Challenge finishers

Last week our Silver Propeller Challenge was completed for the first time since its launch last ...

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Together we can do more.  Join us today and help us to campaign for the waterways that you love.


Do you love the waterways and want to give something back? Volunteer opportunities include practical and advisory roles.

IWA Campaigns

We are the charity that campaigns to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of inland waterways.

IWA Near You

Find your local IWA Branch. Branches hold events including work parties, fund-raising activities, walks and lectures.


Find details of waterways events across the country including festivals, work parties and lectures.

Essex Waterways

IWA's Essex Waterways manages the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. Find out about licencesand boat trips.


IWA's Waterway Recovery Group volunteers help bring derelict waterways back to life through week-long Canal Camps.

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