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Campaigning for the waterways

Campaign with us to protect and restore Britain’s 7,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers.

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.

Preserving Heritage

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

We are working to:

  • Provide guidance
  • Improve protection
  • Engage with communities
  • Champion skills

Greener boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

We are campaigning for:

  • 300 charging points
  • More dredging
  • Biofuels
  • Further technologies

Campaign News

Campaigns near you

Bee near a plant
Burslem Branch Canal Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area
Crown Wharf planning protection for heritage
Aberdulais Aqueduct waterways heritage at risk from climate change
Hammersmith Bridge waterways heritage structure at risk
Excavator carrying out groundwork
A section of the Wilts & Berks canal in water
Moored boats at Snarestone Wharf on the Ashby Canal
Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
a family walking alongside a canal
A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
Barton Swingbridge crosses the Manchester Ship Canal - Graham and Marilyn Speechley - 2004
Bridge 25, Middlewich Branch

All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways, co-ordinated by The Inland Waterways Association, considers matters relating to navigable (and formerly navigable) rivers, canals, estuaries and lakes in the UK.

Waterways Directory

Our Waterways Directory covers all navigable waterways – from the derelict Dingwall Canal in the north east of Scotland to the navigable Truro River in Cornwall.

It includes information on navigable and formerly navigable canals, plus all rivers that were made navigable or used for inland navigation in their natural state. Waterways are listed alphabetically and data can be filtered by different subjects. The information given for each waterway includes: length (in miles and kilometres); how much is currently open to navigation; details of the navigation or harbour authority or other responsible body; whether a right of navigation exists; and any Maritime and Coastguard Agency classification for the waterway.

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