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.