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Campaign for the waterways

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We know our waterways are special places – but they are at risk from underfunding and thoughtless development. We are campaigning to safeguard their unique environment for future generations.


Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.


Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.


Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the future.

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Burslem Branch Canal Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area
Crown Wharf planning protection for heritage
Aberdulais Aqueduct waterways heritage at risk from climate change
Hammersmith Bridge waterways heritage structure at risk
Excavator carrying out groundwork
A section of the Wilts & Berks canal in water
Moored boats at Snarestone Wharf on the Ashby Canal
Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
a family walking alongside a canal
A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
Bridge 25, Middlewich Branch

All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways, co-ordinated by The Inland Waterways Association, considers matters relating to navigable (and formerly navigable) rivers, canals, estuaries and lakes in the UK.

Waterways Directory

Our Waterways Directory covers all navigable waterways – from the derelict Dingwall Canal in the north east of Scotland to the navigable Truro River in Cornwall.

It includes information on navigable and formerly navigable canals, plus all rivers that were made navigable or used for inland navigation in their natural state. Waterways are listed alphabetically and data can be filtered by different subjects. The information given for each waterway includes: length (in miles and kilometres); how much is currently open to navigation; details of the navigation or harbour authority or other responsible body; whether a right of navigation exists; and any Maritime and Coastguard Agency classification for the waterway.

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