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 volunteers of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal to provide useful information to visitors to the canal. Use the menu above to explore our website or use the links below to jump to the following sections.

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More about the Montgomery Canal


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

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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.


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


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.

Become a Member of the Friends!

Annual membership is only: £10 per household
UK Corporate: £50