Inland Waterways Association

The Inland Waterways Association is a registered charity, founded in 1946, which advocates the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways for public benefit. The IWA believes that canals and rivers should be used for commercial and leisure boating and many other activities, including education, canoeing, angling and towpath walking. It seeks to preserve the ecological, heritage and architectural aspects of the country’s inland waterways for all.


The IWA works closely with navigation authorities, national and local authorities, voluntary, private and public sector organisations. We campaign and lobby for support and encourage public participation in the inland waterways.


The IWA actively supports waterway restoration, and through its waterways restoration volunteering organisation, Waterway Recovery Group: organises and subsidises over 20 week-long waterway restoration working holidays for volunteers of all ages throughout the UK each year, as well as conducting multiple work parties around the country on most weekends. This particularly enables young people to participate in the preservation and restoration of our heritage, and in doing so learn construction and heritage skills.


More than 500 miles of canals and navigable rivers have been re-opened to public use since the Association was founded in 1946. The Association is working to restore a further 500 miles of derelict inland waterways.


Inland Waterways Association

Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1WA

Registered as a charity No. 212342

The IWA Shrewsbury, District and North Wales Branch


Is one of 35 local branches through which volunteers coordinate activities as diverse as policing planning applications through the waterway corridor, organising festivals and events to raise public awareness, providing engineering expertise, raising money for restoration schemes, and providing education on the value and benefits of their local waterways.


The Shrewsbury District and North Wales branch area includes some of the country’s finest canals, particularly the Llangollen Canal with its famous Pontcysyllte and Chirk aqueducts, a World Heritage Site, and the Montgomery Canal now being restored into mid-Wales.


The IWA Shrewsbury, District and North Wales Home Page


The IWA Shrewsbury, District and North Wales Home Page WHS Page


Shroppie Fly paper

The Shroppie Fly Paper is the newsletter of the Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch of the Inland Waterway Association