Narrowboat Hire – Montgomery Canal

Enjoy a few days peaceful hireboat cruising along the Montgomery Canal as it meanders through isolated Shropshire countryside towards the Welsh border, you’ll discover a different canal world to the busy Llangollen Canal you have just left!

  • Restoration of this once derelict canal is slowly moving south towards Llanymynech, currently cruisable for about 7 miles through 8 locks from the junction with the Llangollen Canal at Frankton, a relaxed 2 days each way.
  • The northern length was reopened in the 1990’s after abandonment in 1944. The canal originally ran 32 miles from Frankton down to Newtown (Powys).
  • Sections are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and offline open water nature reserves have been built at Aston to help preservation. The long abandonment allowed the canal to subside back in to nature, still often looking more like a river, with bullrushes and water plants and an overgrown towpath sprinkled with orchids.
  • Bringing powered craft back presented environmental challenges so daily boat numbers through Frankton locks are controlled, passage must be booked in advance. Below the locks are popular moorings and facilities.
  • Apart from the outstanding natural beauty of the reopened section there are interesting Shropshire Union warehouses, especially at Rednal which also has a transhipment basin where canal boats and the Great Western Railway once swapped cargoes. More interesting heritage can be found at Maesbury, also the popular Canal Central tea room and accommodation. The Aston Nature Reserve is worth a visit.
  • The isolated 17 mile Welshpool section is underused and weedy, but the towpath offers fine walks and cycling. Reopening down to Newtown is complicated by main road crossings at canal level.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Montgomery Canal

Chas Hardern Boats

Chas Hardern Boats, family run for over 40 years offering a fleet of excellent value, well equipped 2 to 6 berth boats for all year cruising. Ideal for the Shropshire Union Canal, the Llangollen Canal & adjoining canals.

Cheshire Cat Narrowboats

Cheshire Cat Narrowboats, perfect for the Llangollen Canal & Four Counties Ring. Clean, comfortable, well-equipped boats, individual attention, sensible prices, no hidden extras. A warm, friendly welcome guaranteed.

Crest Narrowboats

Crest Narrowboats - Prestigious new fleet of high quality 2-10 berth boats, operated by friendly, well established and experienced staff at our Chirk and Festival Park bases - ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable holiday.

Floating Holidays

Located on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Floating Holidays have lovely traditional and modern boats, large and small for all parties. For couples breaks through to a boat that will comfortably accommodate 10 people.

Lyneal Trust

Lyneal Trust's two specially designed boats, with accessible ramps, lifts and bathrooms, enable people with disabilities, vulnerabilities, or limited mobility, and their families, to enjoy a holiday on the Llangollen Canal.

Marine Cruises

Marine Cruises on the magnificent award winning Llangollen canal have well equipped 2 to 10 berth boats.

All boats have bathroom with shower & galley with full size cooker.

Whittington Wharf Narrowboats

Whittington Wharf Narrowboats Enjoy beautiful countryside by canal in one of our luxury narrowboats. Cruise the breathtaking World Heritage Llangollen Canal with magnificent aqueducts and tunnels from our base near Ellesmere.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Montgomery Canal.

More Northwest hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

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Llangollen Canal

Crest Narrowboats
Chirk Marina, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5AD.
01691 774558
Drifting Wood Canal Breaks
Llangollen Canal
07821 313093
Lyneal Trust
Lyneal Wharf, Ellesmere SY12 0LQ.
01948 710708
Marine Cruises
Liverpool Rd, Moston, Chester CH2 4BA.
01244 373911
Pea Green Boats
Whixall Marina, Alders Ln, Whixall, Whitchurch SY13 2QS.
Whittington Wharf Narrowboats
Ellesmere Rd, Welsh Frankton, Oswestry SY11 4NU.
01691 662424

Shropshire Union Canal

Chas Hardern Boats
Beeston Castle Wharf,, Beeston,, Tarporley CW6 9NH.
01829 732595
Cheshire Cat Narrowboats
Overwater Marina, Nantwich CW5 8AY.
07867 709195

Trent and Mersey Canal

Floating Holidays
Middlewich Wharf, 1 Canal Terrace, Middlewich CW10 9BD
03300 430547

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