Over the years, a wide variety of enhancement and restoration activities have been undertaken from towpath and mooring improvements to rebuilding locks and restoring disused channel.

We are currently working on restoring the canal between Pryces Bridge and Crickheath Basin. The design and implementation of this section has been very complex and more information on the design can be found here. After multiple delays, caused first by great crested newts and then by COVID-19, we are now hoping to finish at the end of 2022. Once water-tested by CRT, this will open the channel as far as Crickheath basin, adding a further 11/4 miles of navigation to the national network.

A further two miles of dry channel restoration will then remain before the restored canal at Llanymynech is reached. For first time in over 100 years, it will then be possible to navigate from the national network to the Montgomery Canal in Wales.

Preparations are well underway for the next phase of works which will restore the channel between Crickheath Bridge and Schoolhouse Bridge. This will start in 2023 and will include the restoration of the historic wharf at Crickheath.

Work Parties

Our restorations works are currently at Crickheath, near Oswestry, where we operate as a main contractor to CRT. See this short video for details of our current activities. If you are interested in volunteering for restoration work parties then please contact David Carter, project manager, via The schedule of this year’s work parties is here.


Restoration Reports

Regular reports, usually monthly, are produced to record project progress. Recent reports and an archive of previous reports are available here. Snapshots of restoration over time are available here.

Previous Projects

The Shropshire Union Canal Society was formed to protect and enhance the canals of the historic Shropshire Union system across both England and Wales. Whereas enhancement has taken place across the entire network (see our Society History page), major restoration projects have focussed on the Montgomery Canal. Our volunteers have a string of projects to their credit. Read more…