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 main rivers - the river Great Ouse and all its tributaries,  the Nene, Welland and the Witham and the Norfolk Broads are all key areas  of  the  Association's  work.

But our work also covers rather less well-known rivers and waterways - 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.  In the middle are the important Middle Level Navigations.

Explore our waterways HERE.


the latest edition of The Easterling

The Easterling - Journal of the EAWATHE EASTERLING

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

  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 and has developed a programme of action to meet its aims.

Watch the new PROJECT HEREWARD presentation here

 The Present
  • Continuing to support 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 progress on the Fens Waterways Link, an exciting long-term project to join and extend the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire waterways for navigation.
  • 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.
  • 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 Association's 44th Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 18th May at March in the Cambridgeshire Fenland.

Members enjoyed a visit to Fox's Boatyard in the Middle Level before the main business of the day.
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Why not join us ?

We need your help in our mission to protect and improve the waterways of East Anglia for all users.

For a minimum annual subscription of just 5 we'll keep you informed with our journal 'The Easterling'  

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  The Future

  • EAWA will be involved with numerous small projects around the waterways of East Anglia - opening access to all.
  • We will continue to campaign for the re-opening of the Old Bedford/Forty Foot southern link of the Middle Level and Great Ouse systems.
  • We will continue to assist the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust
  • We will campaign for the reopening of the Little Ouse from Brandon to Thetford.
  • 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 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)

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.
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