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.

We were surprised and delighted to receive the Branch Achievement at the 2016 IWA AGM. Read our latest magazine online by clicking here.

Our summer newsletter is now online - click to read - new editor (see side column)

Montgomery £4m restoration works launched on 3 July 2017 (see picture in side column) 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).

Spring newsletter online - click to read

Good attendance at our AGM within the Blists Hill Museum, Ironbridge 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

More Monty by 2020

Another £4.2m of work, thanks to £2.53m of HLF and other funding (including from IWA) will extend the restored Montgomery Canal one and a quarter miles to Crickheath by 2020.

In welcoming CRT's announcement on 13 Oct 2016 our Branch President and Chair Michael Limbrey commented:

"The Inland Waterways Association has supported the restoration of the Montgomery Canal from the earliest days when the abandoned canal was an eyesore in the centre of Welshpool. Over the years volunteers of its Waterway Recovery Group and the Shropshire Union Canal Society have come from far and wide to rebuild locks and weirs, build nature reserves and restore dried out lengths of canal.

"As a member of the Montgomery Canal Partnership the IWA works with the Canal & River Trust to achieve a restored borderland waterway which will be valued by local communities and visitors in the years to come."

Brain of Monty 2016 - results and answers

A lot of interest was sparked by our opening of Rednal Canal Warehouse on Heritage Open Day. 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.


There are waterways events in our area which you may enjoy. Check out listings online by clicking this link

The Montgomery Canal Triathlon attracted 200 participants on 7 May 2016 - click to read a full report

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.

Funding Appeal by Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust

Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust (S&NCT) is seeking support from its members and the public for a £1.5m Thomas Telford Visitor Centre and community hub within two Grade II listed, 19th century, trans-shipment, canal warehouses at Wappenshall in east Shropshire (pictured right). Subsequent operation of the new Centre will help fund on-going restoration of the canal. A brief description of the proposals including shots of the interiors can be seen on Alan Wilding’s YouTube video: Wappenshall 2014.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has made a two-stage, £1m grant for the project and in order to release the second round of funds, the Trust must urgently raise an additional £0.5m. Details on the S&NCT website.

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 March 2014 by a group of moorers at Aqueduct Marina, and has adopted five miles of the Middlewich Branch from Barbridge Junction to Bridge 11, near Church Minshull.  
SUMBA organises monthly work parties covering lock & bench painting, general maintenance, signage & litter picking etc. More information from Graham Russell, (FMC 103 "The King" - 1905 ex Steamer) 01270 522 731; Moby 07853 275 222

HLF support for the Montgomery Canal

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £3.7 million bid for a package of restoration works which include extending the navigable connected section to Crickheath near the Shropshire border. CRT are seeking the necessary matching funding before this work can progress. See more details and reactions.

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.

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 Chair get their heads together while cruising the Shroppie

It's not too soon to get set for 2017 with one of our waterways calendars; take a look via this link. calendar2017Mail order from 7 Barnton Edge, Stone ST15 8ZR with £6.50 cheque made out to Inland Waterways Assn.

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.


Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2016


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

Top award for Mr Limbrey - click for details


Restoration in progress at Forton


A ceremonial sod cutting was performed here by our Branch chairman Michael Limbrey at the invitation of Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust at the start of the Waterway Recovery Group week-long camp near Newport in west Staffs. Pictured from left: John Heather & Bernie Jones of S&NCT, Mr Limbrey, Nigel Lee, WRG camp leader and Susan & Alan Wilding of IWA & S&NCT.

forton_skewbridge WRG re-profiled and relined a length of channel adjacent to the bridge and our Branch has provided financial assistance and flexible liner material. More on Facebook IWA Shrewsbury Branch .

Pub full for AGM - click for more



Wappenshall Appeal 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.