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.

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 former canal village of Uffington along the line of partly cleared canal before returning to the Coracle Inn for lunch.

Quiz Evening at the Narrowboat Inn, Whittington, SY11 4NU

We'll be enjoying another friendly battle on Monday, 5 February 2018 from 6pm, for a pre-quiz meal, and starting the quiz itself at 7.30pm. Email us to join for one or both.

Winter newsletter online


Support for Shrewsbury & Newport Canals restoration


The branch has awarded £1000 towards the re-watering of thecanal at Forton. This will be the first length to be brought back into a navigable condition by S&NCT. The first sod was cut by our branch President Michael Limbrey during a WRG work camp a few years ago.

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 annual 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).

Good attendance at our AGM within the Blists Hill Museum, Ironbridge, Telford and great work by WRG on the canal there  - see pictures on our Facebook page

Sarah Henshaw's talk on crossing the English Channel by narrowboat

Click this link to read a summary

Opening of Rednal Canal Warehouse on Heritage Open Days in 2016 & 2017. Read and see more by following this link.

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.

New HLF bid by Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust

Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust (S&NCT) is again seeking support for a £1.5m-plus Thomas Telford Visitor Centre and community hub within two Grade II listed, 19th century, trans-shipment, canal warehouses at Wappenshall in east Shropshire (pictured in other column). A brief description of the proposals including shots of the interiors can be seen on Alan Wilding’s YouTube video: Wappenshall 2014.

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

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

For the latest on the Monty 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


Andrew Smith has joined our team to edit our newsletter


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

Volunteers have been busy on the Montgomery at Pantpant_montage_feb17

achievemt_salver220IWA Branch Achievement Award 2016

richard_parry_mlRichard Parry, CRT CEO and Michael Limbrey, Branch President get their heads together while cruising the Shroppie
The old canal warehouse at Rednal on the Montgomery Canal attracted a lot of visitors


Our summer 2016 magazine is a great waterways read and it's online. Just click here.


Start segregating the rubbish on your boat and make use of the new canalside recycling bins - click for more

Restoration in progress at Forton

New Wappenshall HLF bid to create a Thomas Telford Centre in these Shropshire warehouses
Read more in main column adjacent



Local MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson wielded a huge pair of scissors to cut a ribbon across the Montgomery Canal at Redwith Bridge (83) to officially open the restored section to Pryces Bridge on 19 July 2014.

Montgomery Canal back in water beyond Redwith Bridge


Poncysyllte by night


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