Montgomery Canal

The Montgomery Canal is one to watch. It leaves the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal at Lower Frankton, and at the moment is navigable only as far as Maesbury Marsh (bridge 81), but there are several stretches between Maesbury and Welshpool where the canal restoration is complete.
The locks to get on to the Montgomery Canal are open 12 - 4 pm. Passage needs to be booked before 10 am in summer, and 48 hrs notice given in winter. Book through CRT 0303 040 4040 or Anderton Lift at weekends 01606 786777

Montgomery Canal by Jen Newall

Lower Frankton

Queen's Head

  • A good walk, but there is a useful store in West Felton, opposite the Punch Bowl
  • buses: By Queens Head Pub 70 / X70 To Oswestry/Shrewsbury

Maesbury Marsh

  • Service block @ Bridge 79 also has a shower. There is a small shop selling basics @ Canal Central, plus you can buy meats from Navigation Inn. The canal at the moment is not navigable beyond Bridge 81 where there is a useful turning point!
  • Buses: 576 To Oswestry / Shrewsbury (Every 1-2 Hrs)
  • Canal Central. Coed Y Rae Lane. SY10 8JG. 01691 652168 (cafe, shower & toilets)
  • The Navigation Inn. SY10 8JB. 01691 672958 (Very Dog Friendly, Restaurant/Bar)