New Year's Resolutions for Lovers of the Waterways

Created on 18/12/2018

Firstly, Happy New Year!! Made a New Year’s resolution? Brilliant, now how to go about keeping it?

We’ve put a list together of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions and some ideas to help you stick to them.

Lose Weight and Get Fit

The UK’s canals and rivers offer a veritable playground for the fitness enthusiast. You can go for a walk, run or gentle bike ride along the towpath; work those muscles pulling debris out of the canal on a work party; or book on a Canal Camp restoration holiday and experience Waterway Recovery Group’s outdoor gym. Check out the events calendar for details of canal clean-ups and walks organised by our Branches.

Quit Smoking

Okay so there’s not a lot we can offer here, except for relaxation... unwind and resist the urge to smoke by going boating or exercising, and consider donating the money you would otherwise have spent on cigarettes or vaping to us - a charity that campaigns to protect and restore 6,500 miles of inland waterways.

Learn Something New

Ever fancied your hand at web content editing? Organising events or PR? Join your local IWA branch. Take a look at our volunteer opportunities page.

Do you like getting outdoors and doing something more practical? Brush up on your bricklaying skills or learn to drive a digger by booking on a Canal Camp - and help restore derelict waterways in the process!

Eat Healthier and Diet

OR go on a Canal Camp, burn loads of calories, and keep fit in the process.

Get Out of Debt and Save Money

You could spend hundreds of pounds on your summer holiday, or you could save yourselves a few pennies and book on a volunteer holiday with IWA's Waterway Recovery Group – including all food and accommodation for only £70!

Spend More Time with Family

Get everyone outdoors and spend some time together at the weekend, walking or cycling along the towpath; or getting involved in one of IWA’s many work parties. Or book on a Waterway Recovery Group Family camp for children from 6 - 14 years old.

Travel to New Places

Okay so it might not be abroad, but volunteering with IWA can take you to some of the UK’s finest canal-side destinations. From digging in the Cotswolds to painting locks in Yorkshire there are opportunities to travel all over the UK and improve or restore the waterways at the same time.

Be Less Stressed

Go boating – often described as the fastest way to slow down and another way to travel the UK; book yourself on a boating holiday to truly unwind.
Photo taken by Harry Arnold (Waterway Images)


This one is easy – and we need you! Whether you are the kind of person who loves getting stuck in to something practical (such as a lot of mud at the bottom of a derelict lock chamber), or you just want to support from behind a keyboard, here is where you start.  There are a vast range of tasks, whether you can afford to give just a few hours once a year or regular support.  How about cooking for hungry Navvies, or organising the moorings at a boat rally or using your professional skills to support waterway restoration? Whatever your ambitions, there is an opportunity for you. Get involved with us in 2019!

Find out more about volunteering with IWA. Or book up on a WRG Canal Camp.