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.
In 2022, we completed restoration of the Montgomery Canal between Pryces Bridge and Crickheath Basin – a major undertaking and major achievement over seven years that added a further 1¼ miles of navigation to the national network. The official opening took place in June 2023.
A further two miles of dry channel restoration remains 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.
The next phase of works, which continues the channel restoration from Crickheath Basin to Schoolhouse Bridge, is underway. A summary of this project, named ‘Crickheath South’, can be found here and the schedule of work parties can be found here.
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. Drone footage of restoration of the section between Pryces Bridge and Crickheath Bridge can be seen here.
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…