Upcoming Events & Meetings

Featured events

Work Party Cheshire Locks

20 February 2020

Cheshire Locks, UK

Talk: IWA Lancs & Cumbria Branch

27 February 2020

The venue for our meetings is St Chad’s Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane Whittle le Woods, Chorley, PR6 8AJ.

West London Branch Social & Quiz

10 March 2020

Hillingdon Canal Club, Waterloo Road, Uxbridge, UB8 2QX

Staffs & Worcs Canal Walk

12 March 2020

The Barley Mow Pub & Grill, 28 Main Road, Milford, Staffs. ST17 0UW

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

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


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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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