North & East London Branch

We need your help

The North & East London Branch Committee is seeking more active members so it can play a more effective role in protecting and safeguarding the waterways in our Branch area. If you feel you can contribute, please contact the Branch Chairman, Tim Lewis, or the Branch Secretary, Roger Squires at:

We are looking for the following volunteers:

Or find out more about volunteering with IWA.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Re-opening Cruise - 2017 Update

Following the success of the 2016 Bow Back cruise, it is planned to replicate this event over the late May Bank Holiday weekend 2017. This will follow the re-opening of the Bow Back Loop upon  the clearance of the Cross Rail dam.

The current plan to mark is to mark this event with a Rally similar to the one that occured earlier this year.

The event co-ordinator will be Andrew Phasey. More details to follow.

East London Waterway Festival for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park August 2017
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is set to host a major new waterway event this year, with the East London Waterway Festival due to take place on Monday, 28th August.

It is being run by the Canal & River Trust – alongside the Inland Waterways Association, the London Legacy Development Corporation and St Pancras Cruising Club.        
The event is being held to celebrate everything the local rivers and canals offer to people in the area. There will also be particular focus on the restoration of Carpenters Road Lock, a £1.8 million project in the heart of the Park which is one of the final pieces of a ten-year programme to regenerate the Bow Back Rivers and preserve an important part of London’s industrial heritage.
The completed lock site will form the centrepiece of the festival, which will include a boat flotilla, dragon boat racing, canoeing taster sessions, free boat trips and pedalos. There will also be live music and dance performances, activities for children, food stalls and more.
Carpenters Road Lock is significant from an engineering point of view, as it had the only ‘double radial lock gates’ in the country. Built in the 1930s, this design included two convex-shaped gates that lifted up vertically to enable boats to pass through. In the second half of the 20th-century, the Bow Back Rivers fell out of use and the lock became unusable, with the last passage by boat through the lock recorded in the 1960s. The advent of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games saw major works bringing new life to the waterways in what is now Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Any boaters keen to take part in the festival are encouraged to get in touch with

Images of Carpenters Road Lock

For upcoming events please see the events calendar

Contact the Branch

Roger Squires