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How your support helps

We are the charity that works to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.

It is possible to walk or boat along many waterways now only because of our early volunteers. Their campaigning and determination transformed derelict waterways into the places we all enjoy today.

There is much still to be done; your support can make the difference.

As a thank you…

Waterways magazine


Our unique quarterly members’ magazine including exclusive information, news and features sent directly to your door.

Map of the Inland Waterways of Great Britain

A limited edition fold-out Imrays map of the Inland Waterways of Great Britain showing locks, broad and narrow canals as well as restoration schemes. This exclusive version for our members includes our national Waterways Directory listing of all the open and closed waterways of England, Scotland and Wales on the reverse.

What’s more, you’ll get…

  • Local newsletters and invitations to meet with like-minded people in your area to socialise, share ideas and make change happen
  • Exclusive member discounts on boating holidays, outdoor clothing, boating equipment and eating out

Waterways heritage

Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the 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.

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.

Waterway restoration

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

Waterway businesses

The government needs to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to save this vital sector of the British economy and what could be a core element of the British stay-at-home leisure and holiday sectors in the coming years.