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The Montgomery Canal
- A Shared Space

The Montgomery Canal is a shared space for all to enjoy

No cycling sign from the early days of the Montgomery Canal

In the early days walking along the towpath was not encouraged and cycling was actually prohibited as shown by this sign dated 1901 and still visible by the locks at Carreghofa.

Many years later British Waterways introduced a cycling permit scheme. The permits could be obtained from their offices and on-line. However, few people bothered to get them and the scheme was abandoned.

Swans guarding the towpath!

Now the canals and towpaths are declared a ‘Shared Space’ for the benefit of walkers, cyclists, fishermen and boaters alike. Unfortunately no one has informed the swans!

At Llanymynech the path forms part of Wat’s Dyke Way and Offa’s Dyke Way. At the southern end it is part of the Shropshire Way and the Severn Way.

The entire 34 miles of the Montgomery Canal is open to walkers although in some places particularly from Pant to Redwith Bridge the towpath is in poor condition and not suitable for cycling or wheelchairs. That is why we need your help to restore the whole canal to a beautiful linear park for all to use.

Cyclists waiting to start the Montgomery Canal Triathlon

The towpath from Newtown to Welshpool is now part of SUSTRANS route 81. This is a national charity formed to promote walking, cycling and public transport.

Canoes on the Montgomery Canal

At numerous points along the canal are canoe launch sites. These are not only designed to make it easier to get small craft into the water but they also protect the bank from erosion. Most of these were funded from the proceeds of the annual Montgomery Canal Triathlon.

Each year 200 entrants cycle, walk and canoe the full 34 miles in one day. Some manage it in a few hours! For more information on the triathlon check the 'Friends of the Montgomery Canal' website.

To enhance everyone’s enjoyment and safety CRT has produced a Towpath Code.

Anglers enjoying the canal
  1. Share the space – towpaths are popular places to be enjoyed by everyone. Please be mindful of others, keep dogs under control, and clean up after them.
  2. Drop your pace – pedestrians have priority on our towpaths so cyclists need to be ready to slow down; if you’re in a hurry, consider using an alternative route for your journey.
  3. It’s a special place – our waterways are living history, with boats, working locks and low bridges so please give way to waterway users and be extra careful where visibility is limited.
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