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.

Our Summer newsletter is online

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Tetley Trophy presentation to Peter Jones


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!)

alan_platt_snwbranchBranch 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!

Our Spring newsletter is online - just click to read the Shroppie Fly Paper

and sadly it will not appear in print format because of the current situation.

One of the few boats through Grindley Brook staircase in May 2020red_red_wine

nb Red, Red Wine had spent three months in lockdown so permanent cruisers Josie and David were delighted when restrictions eased.

The Montgomery Canal at its winter best


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.

Quiz at the Narrowboat, 9 March 2020

One of the last events many of us attended before the lockdown. Picture and report in our  online Spring newsletter.

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

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 Berwick tunnel.

Horse Boating

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.
Winter Walkers on the Montgomery Canal, Jan 2020

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

Walk across Whixall Moss with these details


For the latest on the Montgomery Canal Restoration click this link





Schoolhouse Bridge on the Montgomery Canal awaiting restoration schoolhousebr86


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