West Riding Branch

The branch consists of members who volunteer to look after the interests of the Inland Waterways in the West Riding. The branch represents IWA at events, on local user group forums and at planning and political levels, as well as running a series of talks and social meetings open to all.

We write about our activities, both planned and what actually happened, in the branch newsletter MilePost: issues since 2006 are available online. Some news items have their own links.

On the second Friday of each month September through to April there are meetings open to all.

The Branch is run by a committee.

Branch Vacancies

If you'd like to join us to make more impact with our tasks or help us to do more then please look at our volunteer vacancies or get in touch:


Forthcoming Events

Our open meetings are open to all, whether or not they are IWA members, and aim to bring together people from diverse backgrounds with an interest in the waterways in West Riding.

If you would like to help promote these events please download and share our A4 poster - IWA West Riding Branch: Open Meetings 2017-18

The first two open meetings of the IWA West Riding Branch Winter Program take place on the second Fridays of October and November. Please note that the first open meeting of the season takes place in Headingley and the meetings have different start times.

Friday 13th October 2017 – Canoe Trail Adventures: Paddling the Caledonian Canal in a Packraft by Judith Pope

Judith Pope will be talking about her eight day adventure past Ben Nevis, along Loch Ness and into Inverness along the Great Glen Canoe Trail.

7.45 to 9.30 pm Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN (www.heartcentre.org.uk). The Weetwood Room is booked for us from 7.30 pm. There is a café on site that is open until 9 pm. Headingley is served by numerous buses. The nearest railway stations are Headingley and Burley Park, both 0.8 miles away.

There is a small car park on site which is available on a first-come first-served basis. There is limited parking on the surrounding streets, as well as parking for a small fee at the Headingley Taps.

Find out more and book a free ticket.

Friday 10th November 2017 – Ropes and Roses by Paul and Diana Monahan

Paul Monahan will be talking about and demonstrating the basics of ropework for a boat. Whilst Diana Monahan will be discussing and demonstrating narrow boat painting. There will be the opportunity for people to have a go at both. Diana will be bringing acrylic paint and paper for people to paint on, but if they wish, people can bring an item to paint a rose on.

7.30 to 9.30 pm South Pennine Boat Club, Wood Lane, Mirfield WF14 0ED. You are welcome to arrive from 7 pm onwards, when the boat club gates will be open. Tea and coffee will be available. There are local bus services and the nearest railway station is Mirfield, just over a mile away. There is car parking at the boat club.

Read more and  book a free ticket.

Friday 9th February 2018 – Reopening Leeds for Waterways Freight by Chris Evans

Location to be advised in next Milepost and on IWA website.

7 pm for 7.30 pm start. 9.30 pm finish.

Friday 9th March 2018 - Talk with branch AGM afterwards

South Pennine Boat Club, Wood Lane, Mirfield WF14 0ED.

More details to follow in next Milepost and on IWA website.

7 pm for 7.30 pm start. 9.30 pm finish.


Contact the Branch

Ian Moore
westriding@waterways.org.uk