Montgomery Canal Guestbook


Welcome to the Montgomery Canal’s Guestbook.

We hope that you will always enjoy your visits. A mention of which country or county you are visiting from when you leave a message for the Guestbook will make for more interesting reading. .

Please sign my Guestbook.

 Derek Smith


Despite what Paul feels, the C&RT are very keen to see as much of the network as possible put back bit by bit into full usage by everyone. There are obstacles, and they have to overcome by negotiation, discussion and agreement. Increasing it's use by canoeists and developing soft launch points, and good cycling paths, is a great contribution to public awareness. As a C&RT Volunteer, I'm helping with the recording, photographing and recording off all access points, including the odd gaps a hedge used by boys from their local neighborhoods. I'm half way along the Montgomery at the moment.

Best Regards, Derek

Paul Weaver



Pete,I would just like to congratulate you on a well presented website and applaud the great work of all the volunteers on the Montgomery and throughout the canals of the UK.

Paul from Lancashire.



I do have a beef about the Montgomery - it is being restored by dedicated volunteers  presumably with a view to re-opening it for navigation.

And yet CRT prefers to discourage this by restricting access in favour of wildlife, nature etc.

I hope that long term when the canal is fully navigable this attitude may change.



Hugh Fowler


Just got back from a holiday staying in Pant where my Mum and i spent some happy hours walking the towpath of the canal from Pant to Maerdy. I just wanted to thank you for your great website as it allowed me to discover some more info and reminisce the lovely walks we had this last week. It really is a lovely canal. We also did some walking along the Llangollen canal and braved the infamous aqueduct at Pontcysyllte (i think that's how you spell it!) which is very nerve racking but beautiful and the Chirk aqueduct and tunnel.

Again, thanks very much.

All the best

David Blackburn


Just finishing a most enjoyable weeks holiday in a cottage ar Maesbury Marsh, very handy for the canal. We have walked the towpath between Frankton and llanermynach and have been really encouraged to see the recent developments to extend the canal again. Patience really does pay off, it seems!

We have also visited several other sites, including Welshpool. We found the forlorn appearance of the canal there , especially lack of boats, quite depressing (though we did find the 2 charity boats eventually)

The photo guide is splendid and has been a real help to us ; many thanks for keeping it up to date. I am quite jealous and would love to see somthing similar on our 'home' canal- the Chesterfield.

Best wishes

  Walt Birbeck


   Thanks very much for all that you've done here.

We are coming from New Jersey in the US to go narrowboating on the Mon and Brec next week.

   First time narrowboating for us, although I've wanted to go for years. I did not know about the Montgomery canal and stumbled on it while browsing around for information on the area near Llanidloes, where we will be staying for a few days.

Good luck with the ongoing restoration, hope to use the canal in the future.

  David & Julia Scott


Hi there

We are from London Borough of Sutton, and will be canalling on the Montgomery Canal next week - 1st week of October 2012. We have been along the Llangollen several times in the past, and often looked wistfully at Frankton Locks. We also visited the overgrown and sad bottom section some years ago.

What a treat your website is - and very useful too. The pictures are great, and we can't wait to navigate the top section and walk the towpath to Pant.

Thanks again

David & Julia Scott

 Ian Gibson


When I was at university in the 1960's my fiance & I tried to buy a lock cottage on Montgomery Canal but as I recall B.W.B. were only interested in letting it, not selling!

At that time we did join a couple of working weekends clearing undergrowth etc

A really excellent website with lots of photos that bring back memories of our walks along the canal.

I hope that restoration continues apace in these difficult financial times. Restoration of the northern reaches of my nearest canal (The Lancaster Canal) seems to make very little headway, I fear.

Ian Gibson (retired Lancashire County Museums Director)

Robert Swallow


Montgomery Canal at Garthmyl.

As a boy, I used to stay at the Nag's Head and remember the water supply
 that bled from the piped section under the Mongtomery road shown on the  last photo in the group. I think that the remains of the wooden trough can  be seen in the photo which was used by the residents of  the nearby cottage  as their water supply. They were the Jones family, Mr Jones drove a four  wheel lorry for Goetre Brick. In those days Percy and Mary Owen kept  the Nag's and ran it in conjunction with a small dairy farming enterprise, the  shippon now being demolished and replaced by a bungalow.

Diana Awdry


Until 6 years ago we owned one of the Canal Cottages at Four Crosses. I loved walking different sections of the canal, but never managed my ambition to cover it all! Lovely to see all these photos of the restoration project. You have achieved so much, congratulations and keep up the good work!

Robert Alexander


Greetings from Lincoln, Uk.
Thank you for creating this site which we used to show an American visitor what our canals are like, and to see how much voluntary work is involved.
Hope to be back in your area soon by boat.
Sleaford Navigation Trust members.
Bob and Gunny.

Christopher Green



A superb photographic record. I have been reading Roger Squires's book on Waterway restoration, which mentions the Montgomery and decided to have a look on the web....

Only one slight crit: the appearance of some stray apostrophes where they should not be!! (photo's; it's)

   (Spot the deliberate mistakes and let me know where !!! -  Pete)

Alan Barnes

 21-11- 2010 21:55

Well done for putting together the website, shame to admit that I‘ve not had a look at the site before, promise to keep a close eye on it in future!.

The before and after photos were fascinating,how much has changed over the years.

Keep up the good work.

Martin Adams

Co Meath

 03-04-2010 - 19:20

Thank you for a very interesting site, with excellent photos. I wish
all of you well in your efforts to restore the Montgomery Canal. I
come from Britain, but have lived in Ireland for over 30 years. One of
the greatest things that has changed has been the boom in the
restoration of canals that everybody thought were gone for ever. I
think of the Wilts and Berks Canal especially; and of course, the
Montgomery Canal. Well done to all of you, and thank you. I am
probably too old ever to be able to enjoy the complete restoration;
but my descendants will!

Dave Pass

 12-09-2008 - 21:35

Excellent photos, great work. Covered much of the Monty by canoe in 1975, less weed than in recent times in unrestored sections. Link in kingswell website to this website.


 21-06-2008 - 18:40

congratulations on the website. I am planning to cruise the canal next month from Frankton. Given the restoration in progress, It's not very clear exactly where the current limit of navigation is; it would be helpful to have that on the website, and the last winding point. I assume its all as the map on the waterscape website.

Ted Harris

 08-06-2008 - 23:10

Travelled the length of the canal last week, what a quiet and peaceful waterway it is. The only negative point I have is the bruise on my back from the unprovoked sneak attack by that over aggressive swan. I hear from other boaters that Colin the Lock keeper is being laid off to be replaced by volunteers, I gather that Colin has been there since the very beginning 33 years ago and what he doesn't know about the Monty probably isn't worth knowing. I shall be putting my thoughts on one of those BW feedback forms, along with a comment about the waste disposal sites becomming greener by adding recycle bins for glass and paper.

Peter Crocker

15-05-2008 - 19:38

Very impressive site and an even more impressive amount of work. Well done. Having recently moved to the area you can be sure that I will be a regular visitor.

Mary Awcock

 04-05-2008 - 18:17

When was Gallowstree Bridge re-opened. In should remember I was there, but can't.

Paul Mills

 04-05-2008 - 16:09

Good to see milepost and extra seat installed between Gronwen and Redwith.

Dinghy Dawdle should bring this new section to life on June 8th.

Excellent progress between Redwith & Pryces.

Len Myers


 07-04-2008 - 20:51

hello pete

met you on canal on sat and had a chat i like your site it is very good


Ann Aveling

 04-04-2008 - 10:32

Delighted to find the site. Will visit your lovely towpath again this year at the Dinghy Dawdle in June to see what sister Margaret and her restoration friends have achieved.

John & Sandra Dale

 27-03-2008 - 23:38

27/03/2008 Many thanks for taking the time to compile such an interesting site. The photos make a lot more sense when you have walked the towpath.

Tony Heyes

 15-03-2008 - 00:05

Great pages. Full of nostalgia have been born and brought up on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal and now living in Melbourne Australia.

I envy you all that English - or is it Welsh - beer. We just have cold fizzy stuff out here.

Best wishes from a VERY hot Melbourne.

Ted Harris

 21-02-2008 - 11:23

I'm looking forward to owning a boat and discovering this canal. Has anyone documented the disused Weston branch?

Gilbert Till

 16-02-2008 - 13:40

What a fantastic web site,i pass by the canal quite a lot and i am always amazed by the progress made in restoration.

Mary Griffiths

 08-02-2008 - 15:36

This sites great! i get to see my house!! and the surroundings of where live. i live in Queens Head right next to the Canal on the montgomery and my dad works (Howard Griffiths) as well as my grandad before he passed away. it's great going to visit canals it's so peaceful!

Philip Hodge

 28-12-2007 - 14:55

Fantastic website.

I was looking at the canal while driving up from wales and found your great website. 5 stars!!!!!

Richard Dibble

 13-12-2007 - 17:46

Walked the new section in water from Redwith,a fine frosty day and canal frozen over,but sky was blue and views beautifull.Great web site,Pete.

mike vye

 05-12-2007 - 15:50

Really nice updated photos of navvy through to redwith pete

P Bartlett

 18-11-2007 - 22:05

I Hope you are successful in restoring the canal for the whole length. If the Thames & Severn can work at it as apparently the case, why not the Montgomery?


 22-09-2007 - 21:01

Great site enjoyed the visit.

Paul Mills

 18-08-2007 - 17:40

enjoyed my first visit to the site. Crickheath is progressing well as is the Gronwen/Redwith contract

hope for another section opening to navigation before long. S U C S

John Trend

 10-08-2007 - 23:49

I enjoy watching progress on the "Monty". I remember passing the derelict entrance from the Llangollen canal back in the early 1960s