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Most people choose to pay an annual subscription, but you can also contribute monthly, or buy a life membership for yourself, or for you and your partner.

The minimum monthly contribution is £4.50 – the waterways map is sent out when you have made six monthly payments.

The minimum single life membership fee is £668 – but if you can afford it, please consider rounding up to £750 or £1,000.

The minimum joint life membership fee is £827 – but if you can afford it, please consider rounding up to £1,000.

For any of these options please call (01494 783 453) or e-mail the membership team at our Chesham office.


[The photo shows boats on a dawn cruise on the Tidal Thames – by Chris Howes]

We are the only charity that works to protect and restore all Britain’s 7,000 miles of canals and river navigations. 

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 Bude Canal to the Caledonian Canal – and all the connected and unconnected canals and river navigations in-between – there is much still to be done. We campaign locally and nationally for the inland waterways. IWA supports restorations, lobbies government, champions regeneration and raises waterways users’ concerns.  

Join IWA – your support can make a difference.

Please Gift Aid your membership fee – if you’re a tax payer, it’s free money from the Government!

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:

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.

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.