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.Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 33M - Llangollen Canal Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 34M - Montgomery Canal Map (Free Download)
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
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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|
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|
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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Locks 1 and 4, Frankton Locks, Montgomery Canal - Lock 1, Frankton Locks to Lock 4, Frankton Locks — from Monday the 11th of February, 2019 to Friday the 1st 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.