The Montgomery Canal

The Monty, as it’s locally known, is situated in the stunning countryside on the border of Wales and England. In the north it is in England’s North Shropshire while in the south it follows a route through Wales’s old Montgomeryshire to Newtown in Powys.

Parts of the canal are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and in Wales the canal is also a Special Area of Conservation. The Montgomery Canal is home to the largest UK populations of the rare aquatic floating water plantain and grass wrack pondweed. Otters have been seen near Welshpool and kingfishers are a regular sight.

The Montgomery Canal has featured in a number of television programmes over the years and has had a wide range of VIP visitors.

This website has been developed and managed by registered charity, Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust, to provide useful information about the canal to locals and visitors alike. Use the menu above to explore our website or use the links below to jump to the following sections.

  • Could you care for your local canal?

    Could you care for your local canal?

    Two community based voluntary organisations that work on the Montgomery Canal in the border area between Welshpool and Oswestry are calling on local people to join them. You will know that much voluntary work goes into restoring the old sections of the Montgomery Canal but volunteers are equally responsible for much ongoing care and maintenance…

  • Schoolhouse Bridge officially opens

    Schoolhouse Bridge officially opens

    Following a successful £1.1 million project supported by people across the country, its reinstatement was marked on 28th June by Anna Turner JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire. A plaque was unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant to celebrate the culmination of years of planning and fund-raising by local canal charities working together as Restore the Montgomery Canal!

  • Popular Montgomery Canal trips to restart

    Popular Montgomery Canal trips to restart

    The popular trip boat George Watson Buck based on the Montgomery Canal in Llanymynech is due to restart 30 minute trips between England and Wales on 5th May 2024 following a successful survey of the boat. Based at the Llanymynech Wharf Visitor Centre in the Limeworks Heritage Area in Llanymynech, the boat trips are ideal…

More about the Montgomery Canal

Wildlife

Find out about some of the plants and animals on the Montgomery Canal.

Join the Friends

Friends of the Montgomery Canal.

‘The Friends’ was formed by the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust to provide information and allow people to get involved with activities along the course of the canal.

Restore!

Find out how we are working to restore the navigation and bring boats back to The Monty.

History

For over 200 years, the Montgomery Canal has been part of the landscape.

Once an active part of industry and agriculture, thanks to the ongoing restoration, it is finding it’s feet as a wildlife haven and leisure destination.

“The joy with considerate canal restoration is that there is space for the addition of a wider variety of aquatic species.”

The Montgomery Canal has 127 listed historic structures, more per mile than any other part of the canal network, including the Vyrnwy aqueduct, the only surviving Hoffmann Kiln complete with chimney, and iron paddle fittings at locks unique to the Montgomery Canal.