Every year more then ten million of us visit Britain’s waterways to fish, cycle or walk the towpath, observe wildlife or go boating and enjoy the UK's canals and navigable rivers.
Holiday hireboaters, leisure boaters and liveaboards populate the UK waterways to be close to nature, to travel, and for relaxation amongst other things. Find out more about hiring a boat, on board systems, safety on your boat, navigating your boat, buying a boat and living afloat.
The placid waters of canals offer canoeists of all ages the opportunity to explore the UK at a steady pace. The use of canoes and other unpowered craft on the majority of inland waterways requires a licence.
The towing paths along the waterways provide excellent peaceful walking and cycling routes. Cyclists need to be aware of the Waterways Codeand the Share the Space, Drop Your Pace Greenway Code in London.
Angling on the UK's inland waterways can offer a peaceful waterside experience. However, anglers need to make sure that they have purchased the appropriate rod licence.
Many waterways offer opportunities for freight transport which means lower CO2 emissions, noise, and it can be more cost-effective. IWA's Inland Waterways Freight Group aims to raise awareness of this. Find out more.