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 - click to read online


Norbury Canal Festival, May 2019

The fascinating wall map in the IWA gazebo attracts visitors AND new members!


Our AGM, 13 April 2019, was held at Wappenshall Wharf on the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals


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 Berwick tunnel.

Temporary lake outside Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn during the Spring floods


We're expecting normal river levels on Sun 2nd June 2019 when the Shrewsbury River Festival comes along again.

Newsletter online - click to view


Grant to Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust


Yes, £3000 has been given to help restore one of the former canal warehouses at Wappenshall, Telford and members will be able to view progress at our AGM which is to held on site in an adjacent building.


Our traditional Winter Walk was at Whixall in North Shropshire on 5 January 2019 starting from the car park (SY13 2RX) near Morris's Bridge No 45 on the Llangollen Canal. Afterwards we lunched at Whixall Marina Café (SY13 2QS). You can download details and make this walk whenever you wish. Details just a click away.

We enjoyed heatwave weather when our Summer Walk took us to the old canal basin in Granville Park, Telford
Read the full story of the canal heritage at Granville Country Park in an article by Susan Wilding in the winter issue of our online Branch newsletter. Then make a date to come walking with us at Whixhall in north Shropshire on 5 January 2019.

There's a short video of horse boating after a previous AGM at:

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.

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.

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 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 our latest online Newsletter.

Contact the Branch

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

Local Waterways

Llangollen Canal
Montgomery Canal
Shropshire Union

Find us on Facebook Diary reminders plus brief reports, pictures and videos of events in our area. Just click.

One or two items from our wide range of IWA souvenirs on sale at canal festivals this summer

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

Walk across Whixall Moss with these details

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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 in 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.