MONT­GOMERY

Canal Boat - - Arms & Dead Ends -

It will be some years be­fore boaters from the Llan­gollen Canal will once again be able to cruise all the way through to the Mont­gomery’s orig­i­nal ter­mi­nus at New­town but, in the mean­time, the re­stored seven miles from the junction at Welsh Frank­ton to be­yond Maes­bury are well worth a visit. You’ll need to make it a two-day trip be­cause of the open­ing hours (book­ing needed) at the stair­case locks which form the first two of the Frank­ton flight of four. But there’s plenty to make it worth­while.

Be­low the locks, the canal splits: left is a short stub of the for­mer We­ston Arm, while to the right the Mont­gomery con­tin­ues to Gra­ham Palmer Lock (named af­ter Water­way Re­cov­ery Group’s founder), a new lock added fol­low­ing sub­si­dence of the next length.

Stop at As­ton Locks to see the na­ture re­serve built along­side to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of boat­ing on the rare species present in the canal, then carry on to Maes­bury with pub and canal cen­tre. Fi­nally, be­yond the cur­rent limit at Gron­wen Bridge you can con­tinue on foot along the un­re­stored lengths.

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