From Llangollen Canal to Newtown
The Montgomery Canal is currently under restoration. The sections from Frankton Junction to Gronwyn Bridge, Maesbury (6.5 miles) and Ardleen (bridge 103 lowered) to Berriew (bridge 129 lowered) – a further 11.5 miles – are currently navigable.
This Montgomery Canal, as we know it today, was constructed by three different canal companies. It closed after a burst in 1936, then officially in 1944. Following determined restoration efforts by rhe Inland Waterways Association and Shropshire Union Canal Society, the canal was the subject of the first new Act of Parliament for the reopening of a waterway in 1987. Restoration is still continuing but there is now a sufficient navigable stretch around Welshpool to see hire boats operating.