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Work Party Chester

18 January 2020

Chester, UK

Work Party Manchester

18 January 2020

M35 9WJ

Work Party Manchester

19 January 2020

M35 9WJ

Work Party Northampton Arm

21 January 2020


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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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New waterway campaigning resource

New waterway campaigning resource

A new resource is available to waterway campaigners engaging with MPs across all waterways in ...

Scottish Canals’ Operations Consultation

Scottish Canals’ Operations Consultation

All boaters who use the Lowland Canals in Scotland are encouraged to respond to Scottish ...

IWA announces new Chairman

IWA announces new Chairman

Following a Trustee meeting on Saturday 16th November, Paul Rodgers has been elected as the ...

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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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