Shropshire Union Canal (Montgomery Canal - connected and navigable)

The Shropshire Union Canal (Montgomery Canal - connected and navigable) is a narrow canal and is part of the Shropshire Union Canal (Montgomery Canal). It runs for 7 miles and 5¾ furlongs through 8 locks from Frankton Junction (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Llangollen Canal - Main Line)) to Pryce's Bridge No 84 (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Montgomery Canal - northern unnavigable section)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

It has a junction with the Shropshire Union Canal (Weston Branch) at Weston Arm Junction .

Notable features of the waterway include: Frankton Locks and Aston Locks

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Frankton Junction
Junction of Llangollen and Montgomery Canals
Frankton Staircase Lock No 1
The top lock is a two-chamber staircase. Operated by C&RT lock keepers only. Old numbering: Nos 1 & 2
¾ furlongs 0 locks
Frankton Middle Lock No 2
Old numbering: No 3
1¼ furlongs 2 locks
Frankton Bottom Lock No 3
Old numbering: No 4
2 furlongs 3 locks
Weston Arm Junction
Junction of Weston Arm (formerly Weston Branch) with Montgomery Canal
4 furlongs 4 locks
Lockgate Bridge No 71 4¼ furlongs 4 locks
Lockgate Bridge Aqueduct 5 furlongs 4 locks
Graham Palmer Lock No 4
Lock inserted during 1990s restoration to lower the next pound.
5½ furlongs 4 locks
Hawkswood Winding Hole 1 mile and 2¾ furlongs 5 locks
Perry Aqueduct 1 mile and 4¾ furlongs 5 locks
Keeper's Bridge No 73
Dismantled swing bridge
2 miles and 3½ furlongs 5 locks
Green Wicket Corner 2 miles and 3¾ furlongs 5 locks
Rednal Basin
Nature reserve (not a generally navigable basin); short boats may wind at the junction.
2 miles and 7¼ furlongs 5 locks
Heath House Railway Bridge 3 miles and ¾ furlongs 5 locks
Heath House Bridge No 74 3 miles and 1 furlong 5 locks
Corbett's Bridge No 75 3 miles and 6 furlongs 5 locks
Queen's Head Winding Hole 3 miles and 7½ furlongs 5 locks
The Queen's Head PH 4 miles 5 locks
Queen's Head Bridge No 76
West Felton village to the south
4 miles and ¼ furlongs 5 locks
Queen's Head Bridge No 76A 4 miles and ½ furlongs 5 locks
Aston Top Lock No 5 4 miles and 2¾ furlongs 5 locks
Aston Middle Lock No 6 4 miles and 5½ furlongs 6 locks
Aston Bottom Lock No 7 4 miles and 7¾ furlongs 7 locks
Red Bridge No 77 5 miles and 2½ furlongs 8 locks
Park Mill Bridge No 78
Winding hole here is partially overgrown
5 miles and 5½ furlongs 8 locks
Maesbury Marsh Bridge No 79
Maesbury Marsh village to the north (public house by bridge)
6 miles and 1¾ furlongs 8 locks
Spiggots Bridge No 80
Just prior to the Post Office and Canal Central (shop, café , etc)
6 miles and 3¾ furlongs 8 locks
Maesbury Marsh Aqueduct 6 miles and 5¼ furlongs 8 locks
Crofts Mill Lift Bridge No 81
Just prior to Maesbury Mill
6 miles and 6¼ furlongs 8 locks
Mill Arm
The Arm, fed by Morda Brook, is a private mooring. Please do not wind.
6 miles and 6½ furlongs 8 locks
Gronwyn Bridge Winding hole
Last winding hole before Pryce's Bridge No 84
6 miles and 7¼ furlongs 8 locks
Gronwyn Wharf 6 miles and 7½ furlongs 8 locks
Gronwyn Bridge No 82 6 miles and 7½ furlongs 8 locks
Redwith Lift Bridge No 82A 7 miles and 2 furlongs 8 locks
Redwith Bridge No 83 7 miles and 3½ furlongs 8 locks
Pryce's Bridge No 84
Limit of navigation, as of July 2014, no winding available beyond Gronwyn Bridge No 82.
7 miles and 5¾ furlongs 8 locks
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Opening times notice: Montgomery Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Lock 1, Frankton Locks to Lock 4, Frankton Locks — from Thursday the 21st of March, 2019 to Sunday the 3rd of November, 2019.



Thursday 21st March 2019 to Sunday 3rd November 2019

Lock opening times 12 noon until 2pm Monday to Sunday 7 days a week (Including Bank Holidays)


Booking is required for passage through the locks.

Customers can book any day in advance but no later than 10am on the day of passage*


Only boats with a booking will be allowed through the locks.



To book passage by phone Monday-Friday,

call 03030 404040


If you are calling on a Sat, Sun or Bank Holiday,

 call Trevor Basin Visitor Centre 01978 822912


Please note:

* Customers are advised there is a maximum of 12 boats down the locks and 12 boats up per day. Booking well in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.


 There is a minimum of 1 night and a maximum of 14 nights stay.

Notification sent Thursday the 21st of March, 2019


Wikipedia has a page about Shropshire Union Canal

The Shropshire Union Canal is a navigable canal in England. The Llangollen and Montgomery canals are the modern names of branches of the Shropshire Union ("SU") system and lie partially in Wales.

The canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles (106 km) distant.

The "SU main line" runs southeast from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton. Other links are to the Llangollen Canal (at Hurleston Junction), the Middlewich Branch (at Barbridge Junction), which itself connects via the Wardle Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the River Dee (in Chester). With two connections to the Trent and Mersey (via the Middlewich Branch and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) the SU is part of an important circular and rural holiday route called the Four Counties Ring.

The SU main line was the last trunk narrow canal route to be built in England. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.

The name "Shropshire Union" comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies (Ellesmere Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal) that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company. The main line between Nantwich and Autherley Junction was almost built as a railway although eventually it was decided to construct it as a waterway.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Shropshire Union Canal
[Shropshire Union Canal Society] [Hargrave, Cheshire] [Lea-by-Backford] [Cholmondeston] [Moston, Cheshire West and Chester] [Stoke, Cheshire West and Chester] [Wervin] [Autherley Junction] [Calveley]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:11