Upcoming Events & Meetings

Featured events

Talk - IWA Chiltern Branch

26 April 2017

Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, Bucks HP8 4UD

Talk - IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch

27 April 2017

St Chads Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley PR2 8AJ

Annual Gathering of Boats at Reach Hythe

29 April 2017

Reach Hythe, Reach Lode, River Great Ouse

St Richard's Boat & Car Festival

29 April 2017

Droitwich Spa

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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.

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£200,000 of grants to support waterways restoration

£200,000 of grants to support waterways restoration

A £200,000 legacy generously donated to IWA by long-time canal expert Tony Harrison, has ...

IWA warns Scottish Canals over declining boat numbers

IWA warns Scottish Canals over declining boat numbers

IWA has written to Scottish Canals expressing deep disappointment at the announcement from ...

IWA responds to latest HS2 route consultation

IWA responds to latest HS2 route consultation

IWA has responded to HS2’s consultation on design refinements to the Secretary of State ...

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Members benefit from exclusive discounts and special offers, IWA's Waterways Magazine, four times a year as well as regular information from your local IWA branch / region.
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Do you love the waterways and want to give something back? Volunteering with IWA is for you! Opportunities include practical, administrative and advisory roles.
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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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