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Shrewsbury & Newport Canals

Shrewsbury & Newport Canals

The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust has the ultimate goal of restoring the 25 mile link from the Shropshire Union Canal to Shrewsbury.

Work towards this has been carried out near Shrewsbury, in association with WRG, to clear the channel and towpath at each end of Berwick Tunnel and as far as Berwick Wharf. The trust also holds regular work parties at points along the line to which further volunteers are warmly invited.

In conjunction with the Junction Inn and Norbury Wharf Ltd, the trust holds a boat rally and festival each spring at Norbury Junction. A major focus remains the restoration of the site at Wappenshall Wharf to, among other things, celebrate the life and work of Thomas Telford. In 2019 the trust commenced a phased approach and work has progressed, through difficult times, on the warehouses and the adjoining basin that has been excavated, lined and a towpath retaining wall built. It is planned that the earlier warehouse, which will include a quality coffee shop/bistro, will open to the public during 2021. On completion the warehouses will once again be set in their original heritage context.

The trust is also restoring a pair of heritage Woolwich Class narrowboats, which are intended to be a further attraction when they are put into the basin. 

February 2021

Top picture: Excavation of a basin on the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals
Construction of towpath wall at Wappenshall East Basin 2020
Construction of towpath wall, Wappenshall East Basin in 2020.

Restoration Walk

Norbury to Newport Waterways World October 2020