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Save Waterways Heritage

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Our waterways: A living heritage

Hear from Giles, Matthew, Abbey, Charlotte and Simon about their passion for Britain’s unique industrial heritage.

Hidden heritage

Help uncover your local waterways hidden heritage.

Help us to protect the future of our waterways

Join waterways-lovers across Britain to campaign for the 7,000 miles of unique waterways heritage.

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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.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.

Inland Waterways Events