IWA Directory reveals the condition of Britain's 6,500 miles of inland waterways

IWA Directory reveals the condition of Britain's 6,500 miles of inland waterways

06 May 2016

Mainland Britain enjoys 4,700 miles of navigable inland waterways, but that still leaves more than a quarter of our 6,500-mile canal and river network either derelict or unnavigable, IWA's new research shows.

The findings are contained in the IWA Waterways Directory, detailing the complete canal and river network of England, Wales and Scotland, its condition and the myriad bodies responsible for it. IWA is making the Directory freely available online, as a record of the state of the nation’s waterways and as part of its commitment to their protection and restoration.

John Pomfret, who compiled the Directory on behalf of the Association, said:

This information has never before been available in one place in an easily accessible and searchable format. By ensuring the data is available on our website as a public resource, IWA is adding significantly to the knowledge of our waterways that is readily available to all.”

The Directory is conceived as a dynamic, evolving reference work that can be updated as the condition of our waterways change. So we’re encouraging users of the publication and those with expert knowledge of even the remotest reaches of the network to help us keep the Directory as accurate and current as possible,” he said.

As well as benefiting anyone with a professional interest in our inland waterways, the IWA Waterways Directory will be valuable to academics, historians and canal enthusiasts alike. And by highlighting waterways which may be less familiar to many inland boaters, IWA hopes to encourage more interest in ensuring their protection and development.


Please provide your email address for access to IWA's Directory of the Inland Waterways of Great Britain  and a link will be sent to you immediately.

John Pomfret, the author of IWA's new Directory of the Inland Waterways of Great Britain is interviewed in Waterways magazine, the magazine for members of IWA (Summer issue).  To join IWA and receive a free map of the nation's waterways which also includes the new Directory as well as the Summer issue of Waterways please join here

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