The Montgomery Canal restoration project

The Montgomery Canal restoration project has the go ahead. But how do you bring a canal back for boats without disturbing its SSSi status? Follow how we're carefully and sensitively bringing back the full 'Monty'.

Welshpool canal fun weekend 2019

With almost 500 people taking part in activities such as canoe, paddle-board and coracle tasters, horse-drawn boat trips and regular boat trips, Welshpool wharf was truly buzzing.

Local community groups helped the Trust deliver this event, and the presence of young volunteers gave it an inter-generational feel.

Buzzing Welshpool wharf 2019 Buzzing Welshpool wharf 2019

Life on the Monty

To celebrate this year of restoration on the Montgomery Canal, we've produced a short 20 minute film called 'Life on the Monty'. It's a celebration of the heritage, people and wildlife that make the Montgomery Canal so special. 

Click on the i link in the trailer below or see the film here to watch in full.

2018 Photographic exhibition

Croft Mill Lift bridge by Peter Carr

This year’s community photographic exhibition is the result of workshops involving a wide range of ages, some archive photos to be contrasted with the current HLF-funded restoration in Shropshire, and entries from local people. All contributing to a bigger collection than last year’s, and containing some amazing shots of historic structures and wildlife in particular.

The exhibition is currently at Powysland Museum until mid-December and will be on tour within the Montgomery Canal corridor thereafter. Refer to our Events section to find out about the different venues and dates.

Planting of the new nature reserve

The Montgomery Canal is of special interest for its aquatic plants. Find out what role this newly created nature reserve at Aston locks will play, how crucial it is to navigation, and why Chester Zoo worked alongside the Trust’s ecologists.

2017 Photographic exhibition

Our 2017 photographic exhibition, which compiles photos from archives, workshops and a call for entries, is successfully touring towns along the Montgomery canal. After having been to Welshpool and Newtown, it will be in Oswestry in January.

Countess horse drawn boat courtesy BywaterCruises Maesbury Marsh

On the back of this exhibition, some unique merchandise has been created to support the wider restoration effort of this stunning canal.

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal will be selling these goods on Saturday 2 December at Welshpool Winter Fair. Their stall will be in the Town Hall, in the Assembly Room upstairs, between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Llanymynech Wharf to Vyrnwy Aqueduct heritage walk

This new guided walk was well received by everyone who joined us during the Heritage Open Days. They learnt about the history behind the structures found on this stretch of the Montgomery Canal and enjoyed the beautiful landscape that surrounds it.

Walk to Carreghofa Locks

Walk to Carreghofa Locks, courtesy Vic Smith

If you would like to retrace their steps by yourself, with friends or family, you can download the self-guided circular walk now.

Welshpool Canal & Food Festival 2017

The water-based activities were a great success, with nearly 200 people taking part in either canoeing, angling or the coracle race - the majority of them being aged 25 or under. The Welshpool event was well-received by the local community and visitors alike, who had much fun and created some great memories to take away...

Launching the latest restoration project

Watch the video below of the launch of the current phase of restoration at Aston Locks on the 3 July 2017.  

Last date edited: 15 July 2019