The Montgomery Canal Restoration Appeal is being managed by the Appeal Steering Group on behalf of:-

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal, registered charity number 510448.

Shropshire Union Canal Society, registered charity number 245875.

IWA, Shrewsbury District & North Wales branch, registered charity number 212342

Restore the Montgomery Canal!

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The Montgomery Canal was built 200 years ago.  Boats transported lime and coal to kilns where the lime was burnt to improve the quality of the local farmland.

They also transported timber, wool and general merchandise.

One of the last freights carried was grain from Liverpool to a mill at Maesbury Marsh in Shropshire.

When there was a breach of the bank in 1936 the railway company which then owned the canal did not repair it and the Canal became derelict.

Restoration began in 1969, in Welshpool, in response to a plan to use the Canal route for a by-pass.

Official opening at Frankton Locks 1996

John Craven opening Aston Locks 2003

David Suchet opening at Gallowstree 1992

The ‘BIG DIG’ at Welshpool 1969

Fuel merchants S. Owen’s Narrowboat ‘FIVE SISTERS’ at their wharf in Pant

Harry Arnold, Waterway Images

Burgedin Locks

Aston Locks

Frankton Locks


Berriew Lock

Bank Lock

Cabin Lock

Crowther Lock

Pool Quay Lock

Brithdir Lock

Carreghofa Locks

Belan Locks

Welshpool Lock

Brynderwen Lock

Newhouse Lock

Freestone Lock

Queen’s Head

Maesbury Marsh




Frankton to Queen’s Head opened in 1996

Aston Locks to Gronwen opened 2003

Aston Locks nature reserve opened 1994

Carreghofa Locks restored 1986

Burgedin to Arddleen opened 2000

Burgedin to Gallowstree connected to Welshpool 1992

Gallowstree Bridge opened 1992

Whitehouse Bridge opened 1995

Belan Locks restored 1980

Whitehouse to Berriew opened 1996

Newhouse Locks restored 2006

Graham Palmer Lock

Byles Lock

Today half the Canal has been restored and we are working to close the gap between Maesbury and Welshpool.

Parts of the Canal are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and in Wales the Canal is also a Special Area of Conservation. Today it is the home of the largest UK population of the rare aquatic floating water plantain and grass wrack pondweed. Otters have been seen near Welshpool.

The Montgomery Canal has 127 listed structures, more per mile than any other part of the canal network, including the Vyrnwy aqueduct and unique iron paddle fittings at locks.

The canal's special built and natural heritage are important features of the restoration plans in the Conservation Management Strategy of the Montgomery Canal Partnership, which brings together local authorities and statutory agencies with restoration and wildlife interests.