Issue date: 30th August 2011
Twenty-five canal enthusiasts joined IWAlk, a sponsored walk organised by IWA Shrewsbury, District and North Wales branch along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal on Saturday 27 August 2011, between Llanymynech and Maesbury Marsh. The event has raised nearly £400 so far.
The walk started at the Canal Stables Visitor Centre at Llanymynech Heritage Area and followed the reopened canal length used by the George Watson Buck trip-boat, run by the Duchess-Countess Project.
At Crickheath walkers were able to see Waterway Recovery Group volunteers continuing their work to waterproof the canal bed and were given a detailed explanation of what they were doing by WRG co-ordinator Alan Jervis.
Leaving this site they could see also the length being restored by volunteers of Shropshire Union Canal Society, who are also reconstructing the canal and making it waterproof to extend the navigable length of the canal.
At Redwith Bridge, the towpath led to the restored canal: the first length has been rewatered but cannot be used by boats until restoration reaches Crickheath where the canal is wider so that boats can turn.
The final section, from Gronwen Wharf, took walkers alongside the part of the canal that is restored and open to navigation, with boats moored outside the destination at Canal Central.