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Branch campaigns

We want to see Horseway Channel rewatered and Welches Dam Lock reopened. We are also prime supporters of the exciting new initiative – the Boston to Peterborough Wetland Corridor.

Restoration of Horseways Channel and Welches Dam lock

We want to see the restoration of Horseways Channel and Welches Dam lock.

To enable a broader spectrum of support to be achieved the Branch has formed a joint enterprise ‘Project Hereward’ with members of the East Anglia Waterways Association, the Great Ouse branch of IWA, and the Middle Level Watermans Club.

The branch has taken part in a number of campaign cruises along the Old Bedford River to highlight the demand for boating the navigation, which has been made much more difficult with the closing of the lock and channel.


Boston to Peterborough Wetland Corridor

Boston in Lincolnshire and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire are only 30 miles apart as the crow flies – and yet currently to travel between the two, boaters have to brave a challenging Wash crossing or take an arduous 250 mile, 135 lock, 15 day trip along the River Witham, Fossdyke Canal, River Trent, Grand Union Canal and River Nene. The Boston to Peterborough Wetland Corridor aims to change all that by opening up a brand new, direct route.

Using largely existing waterways and public access footpaths, the Boston to Peterborough Wetland Corridor partnership has identified that the addition of approximately 12 miles of new channel will connect with 50 miles of current waterways to create a significant new wetland corridor.

This project connects the River Welland in the north to the River Nene in the south. The new 12-mile route, breathes new life into the waterways that travel through the market towns of Spalding and Market Deeping as well as all the smaller villages along the way.

The new link will provide:

  • New route for cyclists and walkers
  • Anglers will have a new area to fish
  • Paddleboarders and canoeists will be considered – slipways/portage points will be included in the plan
  • Flora and fauna will flourish on the wetland corridor
  • The economy of the area will receive a much needed boost.

Economic regeneration will come to towns along the Wetland Corridor as the number of visitors increases.