West Country Branch

IWA West Country Branch is very active thanks to its enthusiastic committee. As a branch we cover the inland waterways across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

With so much going on from running regular work parties to leading local waterways campaigns, help is always welcome. Can you help? See our current volunteer opportunities


Branch work parties

Our work parties are fun and friendly, a brilliant way to get outdoors and fit in some exercise (without realising it!) and a chance to meet new and old friends. All are welcome to help in this important work to ensure the canal is kept enjoyable by all of its users whether waterside or landside (under-18s must be accompanied by an adult).

We hold regular work parties in Bridgwater (Tuesdays and Saturdays) and in Taunton (Saturdays). Details of the events are on the Event Calendar. Depending on the weather conditions it may be necessary to carry out different tasks than those listed.

You can support these events as a work party volunteer or as a voluntary administrator - find out more in our volunteer opportuntites.

Friends of Exeter Ship Canal work parties

Friends of Exeter Ship Canal have volunteer work parties also to find out more details visit the Friends of Exeter Ship Canal website.

Park 'n Glide Taunton

The Friends of the Grand Western Canal have come up with a new local project. Their Silk Mills "Park 'n Glide" project (see www.parknglide.org) aims to recreate a short stretch of the historic Grand Western Canal linking French Weir Park and Norton Fitzwarren. Ecologically-friendly electric boats will shuttle between the car park and the town centre. A new vertical boat lift and visitor centre at Silk Mills will offer opportunities to experience 19th century life on Somerset's wetlands and canals and will form a lasting tribute to the engineers who built the world's first commercial boat lifts here in Somerset.

Please help the Friends of the Grand Western Canal get this innovative proposal going.

    Contact the Branch

    General contact:

    Work party enquiries:
    Mike Slade, Volunteer Co-ordinator
    mike.slade@team.waterways.org.uk, 07977 263840

    The full committee is listed on our Committee page.