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We are the only independent, national charity campaigning for Britain’s canals and rivers

Get out and enjoy the waterways this summer

IWA arranges an amazing array of activities across the nation’s waterways – join in, get involved!

Thinking of moving afloat?

Amy Tillson shares the top ten things she wishes she’d known before living on a canal boat

Save Waterways Heritage

By making a donation, you will help save waterways heritage for you and the next generation.

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WHAT IWA DOES

We are passionate about protecting and restoring Britain’s network of canals and navigable rivers for everyone to enjoy.

The inland waterways are special outdoor places – sometimes tranquil and sometimes bustling – whose unique heritage and habitats are under threat from lack of funding and inconsiderate planning.

We campaign locally and nationally for the waterways – supporting restorations, lobbying parliament, championing regeneration and raising waterways users concerns. We’re also prone to rolling up our sleeves and giving the waterways a bit of TLC.

Our members are waterways-lovers from all walks of life who want to preserve and improve the network for future generations.

Greener boating

We are campaigning for boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable.

Preserving heritage

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk.

Safeguarding waterways

Hundreds of miles of waterways are currently starved of funding.

Volunteers working on the restoration of the Stover Canal

Restoring waterways

Bringing Britain’s blue infrastructure back to life is good for people and places.

Inland Waterways Events