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Waterways in the branch

IWA Peterborough Branch shares a watching brief over the beautiful River Nene with the neighboring IWA Northampton Branch. Northampton covers the top half of the river, and Peterborough the bottom – the boundary falling at Thrapston 9 Arches Bridge. Our interest in the River Nene continues below the Dog-in-a-Doublet down the tidal Nene to the Wash.

Peterborough Branch also covers the entire Middle Level (which includes not only the Forty-Foot Drain and Horseway but on to the piled Welches Dam), and the Old Bedford River.

Local area

Campaign cruise at Welches Dam on the Old Bedford River.
Reaching Horseway Lock by dinghy on the Middle Level Navigation.


Middle Levels Cruising Plaque

To encourage cruising of the Middle Level waterways the branch runs a Cruising Plaque award scheme. 

This is available to all boaters who can provide proof of navigation to the four extremities of the Middle Levels system: Holme, Nordelph, Ramsey and Stonea. The plaque can be obtained on submission of £10 (includes postage) with proof of the journey. Email [email protected] for further details.

Local activities

The restoration of Horseways Channel and Welches Dam lock

The restoration of Horseways Channel and Welches Dam lock in the Anglian waterways system is the Peterborough Branch’s main concern. 

Boston to Peterborough Wetland Corridor

Campaigning to open up a brand new, direct route between Boston in Lincolnshire and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, connecting the River Welland in the north to the River Nene in the south.