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We are the only charity that works to protect and restore all Britain’s 7,000 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.

From Cornwall’s River Fal to the Caledonian Canal – and all the connected and unconnected canals and rivers inbetween – there is much still to be done. We campaign locally and nationally for the waterways. IWA supports restorations, lobbies parliament, champions regeneration and raises waterways users concerns.  

Join IWA and your support can make a 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. The map shows 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.

As well as…

Join IWA and you’ll also get:

  • Local newsletters and invitations to meet with waterways enthusiasts 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 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.