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'.

art of the Montgomery Canal restored by Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers Part of the Montgomery Canal restored by Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers

Photographic exhibition

The 2019 Montgomery Canal photo exhibition offers some great shots of the “Monty”, depicting a canal being widely used for a range of recreational activities. It also covers the latest restoration effort, the creation of a winding hole (turning point for narrowboats) at Crickheath.

The exhibition is currently at Oswestry library until the end of January. See our events page for details.

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.

Welshpool canal fun weekend 

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.

Countess horse drawn boat courtesy BywaterCruises Maesbury Marsh

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 and food festival 

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 restoration at Aston Locks on the 3 July 2017.  

Last date edited: 16 January 2020