The East Anglian Waterways Association

Promoting access to the navigations of East Anglia for all

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The EAWA campaigns for the preservation, restoration and good management of all inland and tidal waterways in East Anglia.

The Association is a Registered Charity (No. 251382) and was first established in 1958.

 Our Waterways

East Anglia's waterways are diverse, from the main rivers - the river Great Ouse, the Nene, Welland and the Witham and their smaller navigable tributaries through to the unique  Norfolk Broads.  These are all key areas of the Association's  work.

But our mission to preserve and improve the region's waterways also covers many rather less well-known rivers  - from the Chelmer in the South, the Blyth in the East, the Ancholme in the North to the Ivel in the West of our region.  And almost unique to our area are the many miles of historic man-made navigable channels of the Middle Level and the Cambridgeshire Lodes dug to drain the Fens over a century before work started on the UK canal system.

Explore our waterways HERE.


Midsummer, and the EA closes THREE Great Ouse Locks!

St Neots and Brownshill locks are closed to navigation due to mechanical problems with the guillotine gates.  St Ives is operating on restricted hours and will close on 7/8 July.
All three of these Great Ouse locks have had major and costly refurbishment works during the last three years raising obvious questions about the design and quality of the works and maintenance.
UPDATES: 2 July 15.00 -  Brownshill Lock has re-opened
8 July - St Ives Lock re-opened
             3 July until further notice - St Neots open on restricted hours
17 July - The Environment Agency has issued a briefing paper here

River Little Ouse
New bid to re-open the navigation up to Thetford

Thetford Town Council has launched an exciting new bid to bring boats back into the town centre by re-opening the River Little Ouse navigation. 
EAWA fully supports this new initiative.

Full news of the Town Council's Plans and other background information  ...   Click here

  Our Mission

The EAWA believes in "Waterways for All" - promoting access to our navigations for the community - whether walkers, nature lovers, anglers, canoeists, boaters or gongoozlers.  We work with and support many local societies, trusts and other user bodies throughout East Anglia.

We publish a regular newsletter - 'The Easterling' - bringing together information on the waterways of our area.   Want to read the latest issue?  Just CLICK HERE

EAWA arranges work-parties for waterway restoration, improvement and maintenance and offers advice, support and funding to local organisations with similar aims.

East Anglian Waterways Association and
Peterborough IWA

have joined forces in
to re-open the Forty Foot between the Middle Level and Great Ouse system via  Horseway and Welches Dam

 The Project Hereward team now meets every month to develop the programme of action to meet its aims.

Watch the new PROJECT HEREWARD presentation here
 The Present
  • Supporting the work of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust, established by the EAWA, to restore the navigation and improve the waterway for all, in co-operation with the canal owners.
  • Working with partners to support the Fens Waterways Link, a long-term project to join and extend the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire waterways for navigation.
  • Working with IWA Peterborough on Project Hereward to re-open the Old Bedford/Forty Foot southern link of the Middle Level and Great Ouse systems.
  • Supporting the Sleaford Trust, working to reopen the upper part of the navigation within the town.
  • Supporting the River Gipping Trust in its aim to preserve the historic heritage of the Stowmarket Navigation.
  • Working closely with the Nene Waterway Task Group and the Great Ouse Boating Association and campaigning for improved management of these rivers.
  • Working with the Broads Authority and other bodies interested in the Norfolk Broads.
  • Making our East Anglian Waterways better known by arranging trips or activities, such as in conjunction with our AGM.

the latest edition of 'The Easterling'

with a special feature article by Ivan Cane

on the upper North Walsham & Dilham Canal

The Easterling - Journal of the EAWA
 JUNE 2015

The latest issue of the association's journal has just been published with news and pictures of our waterways and interesting feature articles.

  The Future

  • EAWA will be involved with numerous small projects around the waterways of East Anglia - opening access to all.
  • We will continue to support and assist the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust to further the outstanding progress it has made in restoring this waterway.
  • We will campaign for the reopening of the Little Ouse from Brandon to Thetford and offer support to Thetford Town Council with its new plans.
  • We will support the proposed Milton Keynes to Bedford Canal link to the Great Ouse.
  • We will support a better link between Kings Lynn and the Inland Waterways Network.

The Association's 45th Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 19th April at South Kyme beside the River Slea.

A conducted tour of the improved Sleaford Navigation preceded an excellent lunch at The Hume Arms. 

Then it was on to the formal business of the day followed by a presentation on the work of the Slea Navigation Trust.

Full details in the June issue of 'The Easterling'.

.......... Read more >>>


   The Past

Since its formation in 1958, the EAWA can count some notable successes where we have worked hand-in-hand with other organisations:
  • The reopening of Well Creek
  • The dredging of the Old West River in the mid 1960s.
  • The restoration of Welches Dam Lock
  • Lock lengthening on the Middle Level navigation
  • Donations to the Sleaford Navigation Trust to purchase part of the navigation
  • Donations to Peterborough IWA to help raise Ramsey Hollow Bridge on the Forty Foot River.
  • The restoration of Tyler's Cut (Dilham Dyke)

East Anglian Waterways Association
has worked for over 50-years
to protect and improve

the region's waterways.

Help us in our mission

Download our membership brochure
and JOIN US today for just 5

When you click the waterways, you go to the page with the waterways data!

(Or Go To East Anglian Waterways in table form, without the map!)

The Complete Anglian Waterways Navigation Guide Suite has arrived!

Paul Separovic, the Anglian Waterways Development Recreation Officer - Central Area (River Great Ouse) has recently announced that the completed Navigation Guides Suite is now finished and is available in hard paper format and electronic versions.
The complete suite consists of the following publications:
  • 'Enjoying Safer Boating, Staying Safe on Anglian Waterways, Safety Guide'
  • 'Boating the right way, Recreational Byelaws, Anglian Waterways'
  • 'The River Ancholme, a guide for river users'
  • 'The Rivers Welland and Glen, a guide for river users'
  • 'The River Nene, a guide for river users'
  • 'The River Great Ouse, a guide for river users'
  • 'The River Stour , a guide for users of the navigation'
Fens Waterways - There is a brochure request option on this page, otherwise please write to;

Waterways Team,
Environment Agency,
Kingfisher House,
Goldhay Way,
Orton Goldhay,
PE2 5ZR.

Although available online - and useful for browsing or for a screen shot - the best print can only be obtained by sending for an original.
Ivan Cane

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The East Anglian Waterways Association is a believer in "Waterways for All" - promoting access to our navigations for the community - whether walkers, nature lovers, anglers, canoeists, boaters or gongoozlers.  We work with and support many local societies, trusts and other user bodies in the area  -  Please visit our LINKS page for more information.
 2013 - East Anglian Waterways Association Limited - Reg. 895405    -     Registered Charity No. 251382
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