Every year more then ten million of us visit Britain's waterways to fish, walk the towpath, observe wildlife or go boating and enjoy the sheer splendour of our canals and navigable rivers.It may seem hard to believe that just a few years ago these exceptional places of peace and relaxation were nearly lost for ever. In the 1940s, Britain's waterways were perceived as derelict, dirty ditches.We campaign and lobby for support and encourage public participation in the inland waterways.
Their leisure value is accepted and there is increasing interest in the potential of some waterways for the development of water borne freight carrying.
They are found throughout the canals, rivers and coasts, in cities, in the country and in harbours.
Some cruise continuously, some are permanently moored and the others mix cruising and mooring to suit themselves.
Residential Boating: Continuous Cruising Permanent Residence Mooring Maintenance Types of boat: Static Houseboats Narrow Boats Wide Beam Barges Dutch Barges Cruisers There are two forms of residential boating for licencing purposes Continuous cruising - which means "without remaining in one place for more than fourteen days or such longer period as is reasonable in the circumstances".
This method of cruising will require a standard Pleasure Boat Licence.
Restoration of many more derelict canals is underway, thanks to IWA's members, waterway societies and trusts, sympathetic local authorities and others who support the work of waterways campaigners throughout the country.