Welcome to the IWA branch area which includes two World Heritage Sites. One straddles two countries and includes the highest navigable aqueduct ever built - the other includes the world's first cast iron bridge. More about the top end of the superb Llangollen Canal. Check these pages to discover more about The Inland Waterways Association and how to join us.
Peter Jones, aka Jones the Boats, received IWA North West Region's Tetlow Trophy at Ellesmere Wharf on 1 July 2020. Peter, pictured holding the cup with his wife Rosemary alongside, finally retired in 2019 after 30 years working on the Llangollen Canal and taking over 320,000 people on cruises across Pontcysylllte Aqueduct. Also pictured, from left IWA's Dawn Aylwin, Mike Haig and Susan Wilding. Click to watch the video on our Facebook page. (has clocked up over 7,600 hits - popular man!)
Branch Treasurer Alan Platt was also a North West Region award winner but, because he lives in Wales and the border is closed, he has yet to receive his trophy!
and sadly it will not appear in print format because of the current situation.
nb Red, Red Wine had spent three months in lockdown so permanent cruisers Josie and David were delighted when restrictions eased.
Wonderfully bright winter sun for our first event of the new decade, walking the Montgomery Canal near Queen's Head - even a primrose in flower to welcome us! And then a good meal at the Queen's Head pub.
One of the last events many of us attended before the lockdown. Picture and report in our online Spring newsletter.
Our 2020 AGM will be re-arranged when possible.
We toured the small warehouse redevelopment project, to which our
Branch has contributed a grant of £3000, and later visited the
massive canal clearance undertaken on the Shrewsbury Canal around
There's a short video of horse boating after a previous AGM at:
The Montgomery Canal
Restoration - everything you need to know in this slick online
booklet from CRT. Click to read.
Enjoy our waterways whenever you get the chance
public events we're asked for advice about availability of boat
trips and other waterways activities so we've produced a summary
of contacts which you can download via this
Get in touch
In the absence of a specific link you can get in touch with us by
clicking this email
link. We particularly welcome photos of waterways activity
within our area.
Horseboating - the
original method of moving goods around the
Take a nostalgic look at horseboating up Frankton Locks with this video of Cracker pulling historic nb Saturn.
We have a page on Facebook providing us with another useful line
of communication with members and potential members. Take a look
(no need to join Facebook) and pass on the link to friends and
If you enjoy reading these pages and are not an IWA member please
consider joining fellow enthusiasts and take a look at our membership options
Just ask .... if you would like more information about any waterways matters in our area
OR if you can send us reports and pictures of waterways activities do please contact us
Click one of the Towpath Walks listed in the menu column and download the details to make an excursion at your own convenience and then do please send us some photos when you get back.
For details of our forthcoming events please take a look at .
Do get in touch with any comments on anything which concerns you about our inland waterways
A previous Quiz at the Narrowboat
Chirk, Pontcysyllte & Llangollen celebrate 10 years of World Heritage status with luminaires
One or two items from our wide range of IWA souvenirs
Our IWA Quiz filled the Narrowboat again
Teams from several local groups enjoyed a meal before trying to answer questions set by last year's winning team. IWA teams took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places!
Peat cutting alongside the Llangollen Canal in 1990
For the latest on the Montgomery Canal Restoration click this link
Schoolhouse Bridge on the Montgomery Canal awaiting restoration
The old canal warehouse at Rednal on the Montgomery Canal attracted a lot of visitors during a Heritage Open Day.