Waterways Activities

Encouraging the use of waterways for the widest range of appropriate activities opens up different sources of funding to help maintain the network for everyone.

IWA’s vision is to see a widely-appreciated and well-maintained network of inland waterways available for the benefit of all. Find out more about IWA Campaigns.

Boating - Information on route planning, hiring a boat, living afloat, buying a boat, navigating a boat, operating locks, safety advice and using VHF radio.

Walking and Cycling - Information on walking, cycling and IWA's Cycling Code

Angling & Wildlife - Wildlife, angling, Environment Agency Rod Licence

Canoeing - Licencing information for canoes and other unpowered craft and The Waterways Code.

For Kids - Information on WoW, a national initiative to involve and inspire children about the inland waterways.

Freight - The Inland Waterways Freight Group (IWFG) aims to raise awareness of opportunities for freight transport







Waterway Events

Every year, IWA holds festivals and boat rallies in various locations around the waterways network.

IWA also organises clean ups and work parties which are a great way for everyone to get involved in supporting their local waterway.

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group organises working holidays to restore Britain's derelict canals known as Canal Camps.

See IWA's full waterway event calendar