Milton Keynes Branch

Welcome to the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association. In the following pages we aim to give you a flavour of the waterways in our area, and of the facilities on offer between Marsworth and the Iron Trunk Aqueduct between Wolverton and Cosgrove.

Milton Keynes is a new city and unlike many other cities looks upon its canals as a major resource. The towpaths are generally well maintained and well used throughout. We now have the real prospect of a new cut through to Bedford, opening up the River Great Ouse as a regular cruising area and a major "ring" taking in the River Nene and the Middle Levels.

As an IWA Branch we have regular social meetings from September to April and a number of water based events throughout the year. Non-members are welcome to participate at any time.

If you have any comments we would be very pleased to hear from you.  Meanwhile have a look at what we have to offer and enjoy your visit to our area.


In Milton Keynes we hold monthly social meetings between September and April, usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The meetings include a guest speaker talking on subjects of interest. For more details, including an events listing and location map, click the Events & Socials link on the left hand pane.

Other events include our twice yearly clean-up of the Grand Union Canal through Milton Keynes (click Canal Clean-ups link on left) and our mid-summer lock ransom at 3 Locks, Soulbury.  Look out for further details as they become available.

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Local Waterways

Grand Union Canal


Waterways in Restoration

Grand Union Canal - Buckingham Arm


Proposed Waterway

Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway