Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch


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.

Summer issue of our newsletter online

Dates for your diary:

Montgomery Canal Forum Monday, 2 July 2018,
2.30pm.Welshpool Town Hall, Broad Street SY21 7JQ  Two presentations: ‘Celebrating the Flora and Fauna of the Montgomery Canal’ by Brian Hogbin of Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and ‘Establishing a Canalside Enterprise’ by Belinda Davenport of the Victorian Tearoom, Northwich. Also news of the Heritage Lottery Fund project, plans for future restoration and the appeal for the next stages of restoration:

Summer Walk at Granville, Muxton, Telford, Saturday, 7 July 2018 –
10.00am start. Meet at the car park off Granville Road TF2 8PQ Our guided walk through Granville Country Park will follow some lines of the old Donnington Wood Tub Boat canal, one of our earliest canals. We will explore industrial history and discuss the legacy of Granville Leverson Gower while looking at ruins of mines, a canal basin, early furnaces, a pumping house and a winding house for Muxton coal mine. The walk, led by Alistair Price, is along well used paths with some gentle gradients but they can be a little muddy after rain. Duration: two and a half hours. Optional lunch afterwards at The Clock Tower pub (Brewers Fayre), Donnington Wood Way, TF2 8LE. There's no charge foe the walk but please book with Susan Wilding on 01743 359650.

Our Newsletter is online - click to read

Middlewich Breach
The Canal and River Trust has set up an appeal for funds to help re-instate the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. Your IWA Branch is making a contribution to help get the appeal underway and we are urging CRT to restore navigation as quickly as possible. Click for details of the appeal.

Horse Boating on the Monty after our AGM
There's a short video of this idyllic scene at:

New Year's Winter Walk


About three dozen of us started 2018 by exploring the Shrewsbury Canal on Saturday 6 January. Leader Alistair Price took us to the former canal village of Uffington along the line of partly cleared Shrewsbury Canal before returning to the Coracle Inn for lunch.

Support for Shrewsbury & Newport Canals restoration


The branch has allocated £1000 towards the costs of re-watering of the S & N Canal at Forton which is planed to be the first length to be brought back into a navigable condition by Shresbury & Newport Canals Trust. A few years ago the first sod was cut on this site by our branch President Michael Limbrey during a WRG work camp.

Historic Structures Survey

You can check details of historic canal structures on the Llangollen and Montgomery canals online and if you have photographs we would welcome copies to this email.

Montgomery £4m restoration works launched on 3 July 2017 prior to Canal Forum

Presentations were given to a large Forum audience including activities taking place along the Montgomery Canal, current restoration projects and the appeal for the next stages of restoration:

More money for the Monty

£70,000 grant awarded at IWA Restoration Workshop from the Tony Harrison legacy towards restoration of Schoolhouse Bridge on the Montgomery Canal (Br 86) near Pant (pictured in right hand column).

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

Often at 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 link.

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.

Water Adds Value

as we all know ... but do watch this video for proof from various parts of the UK.

Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters (SUMBA)

SUMBA was formed in 2014 when a group of moorers at Aqueduct Marina adopted five miles of the Middlewich Branch from Barbridge Junction to Bridge 11, near Church Minshull.  
SUMBA organises monthly work parties. More information from Graham Russell 07853 275 222

Horseboating - the original method of moving goods around the country


Take a nostalgic look at horseboating up Frankton Locks with this video of Cracker pulling historic nb Saturn.

Join us on Facebook

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 family. IWA Shrewsbury Branch

Join us for real

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 available.

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


Plan your own canal walk

Click one of the Towpath Walks listed in the left hand 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 our latest online Newsletter.

Contact the Branch

Do get in touch with any comments on anything which concerns you about our inland waterways

Dawn Aylwin, Secretary, SD & NW Branch of The Inland Waterways Association

Local Waterways

Llangollen Canal
Montgomery Canal
Shropshire Union

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Award for SUMBA

Graham Russell (left), on behalf of the Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters, receives the Tetlow Trophy from IWA Region Chair Sir Robert Atkins at the Region Social. The award is for an outstanding contribution to the waterways by a non-IWA organisation or individual. Congratulations to members of SUMBA and special thanks for all the extra help given following the breach.

For the latest on the Montgomery Canal Restoration click this link

Montgomery Canal Partnership chair John Dodwell and HLF's Marion Buckley launched over £4m of restoration on 3 July 2017 at Aston Lock 2


Schoolhouse Bridge on the Montgomery Canal awaiting restoration - see main column schoolhousebr86

The old canal warehouse at Rednal on the Montgomery Canal attracted a lot of visitors during a Heritage Open Day


Poncysyllte by night


Co-inciding with the official launch of the Canal & River Trust on 12th July 2012 the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was bathed in dramitic floodlighting, as captured in this picture by Alan Platt.