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Waterways of Wrexham

Shropshire Union - Llangollen Canal

Waterway's place in Wrexham :

From half a mile after Prees Branch Junction, where the canal crosses into Wrexham from Shropshire, to a point between Clapping Gate Bridge No 49 and Hampton Bank Bridge No 50, where the canal crosses back into Shropshire, the canal is in Wrexham.

From Chirk Aqueduct, where the canal crosses back into Wrexham from Shropshire, to a point after the Ruabon Branch Junction, where the canal crosses into Denbighshire, the canal is in Wrexham.

Description:

Runs 46 miles from Llantysilio Bridge, near Llangollen, to Hurleston Junction, where it joins the Shropshire Union main line

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1793 and 1796.

For more details see the History page

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Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Shropshire Union Canal

Grindley Brook Locks, Llangollen Canal

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  • The Llangollen Canal , 1 hour 0 minutes Produced by Waterways World Ltd, A video tour along the Llangollen Canal Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • The Llangollen Canal , Released in 1990, 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

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External Web Sites Related to the Waterway

  • Alvechurch Boat Centres Holiday narrowboat hire from 7 bases. Also boat building and brokerage.
  • Anglo Welsh A large narrowboat hire company with a good choice of bases and boats.
  • Black Prince Holidays Five bases, covering the canal system of England and Wales, with 80 narrowboats for hire.
  • Blackwater Meadow Marina Situated at Ellesmere on the Llangollen Canal.
  • Swanley Bridge Marina Swanley Bridge is a 315 berth, marina on the Llangollen Canal 2 miles from the junction of the Shropshire Union.
  • Viking Afloat Four bases (Worcester, Whitchurch on the Llangollen Canal, Rugby and Gailey) hiring narrowboats.
  • Cheshire Cat Narrowboat Hire Based at Swanley Bridge Marina on the Llangollen Canal.
  • Maestermyn Cruisers Together with Welsh Lady Cruisers hire boats from their base on the Llangollen Canal
  • Llangollen Wharf - Canal Boat Trips From the Wharf you can embark on a horse drawn or motorised canal boat trip along the beautiful Llangollen Canal
  • Canal Navigations A site covering some of the unique canals found in Britian
  • A Boater's Wedding The wedding of Joe and Jackie Jones on the Llangollen Canal.
  • The Lyneal Trust A registered charity that provides canal holidays for people with disabilities with their families, friends from Lyneal Wharf near Ellesmere, which is on the Llangollen Canal.
  • The Shropshire Union Canal Society The Society was formed in 1968 to promote interest in the past, present and future of 158 miles of canal comprising the main line and branches.
  • Marine Cruises Operate from three canal holiday bases, on the Llangollen Canal at Swanley Marina, on the Trent & Mersey Canal Kings Bromley Marina near Lichfield and at their Scotish Base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel.
  • Whixall Marina - BWML Moorings, Narrowboats, Canal Cruisers,Boatbuilding, Repairs, Sales. BWML aquired the freehold to the site in May 2007 and it is now operated as part of the BWML group.
  • Dragonfly Narrowboat Hire A narrowboat hire company, based at Swanley Bridge Marina, on the Llangollen Canal.
  • The Sun Trevor Hotel Pub, restaurant and hotel on the Llangollen Canal.
  • The Dusty Miller A pub by Wrenbury Lift Bridge on the Llangollen Canal.
  • Swanley Brokerage Situated in the Boat House at Swanley Bridge Marina on the Llangollen Canal.
  • Crest Narrowboats Narrowboat hire from bases on the Trent & Mersey and Llangollen canals.
  • Canal Boat Holidays Canal boats to sleep 4 or to sleep 6, depending on the size of boat from seven bases.
  • Canal Side Retreat hire a luxury gazebo complete with sauna, hot tub, music (ipod dock) and TV/sports. With private mooring on the Llangollen Canal.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions: Length 70 foot, beam 6 foot 10 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

The parts of the waterway within Wrexham are highlighted on the Table of Distances below.

Shropshire Union - Llangollen Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Hurleston Junction

Junction with Shropshire Union Main Line

Shropshire Union main line junction

0

0

N

SJ626553

118

Hurleston Top Lock No 4

Hurleston Flight Locks Nos 1 to 4

0.3

4

N

SJ623551

118

Burland Bridge No 6

Burland Village and A534 road

1.6

4

N

SJ617533

118

Swanley Lock No 5

Swanley Bridge No 8

2.3

5

N

SJ617526

118

Swanley Lock No 6

Butcher's Bridge No 9

2.5

6

N

SJ614520

118

Baddiley Lock No 7

4

7

N

SJ609499

118

Baddiley Lock No 8

4.1

8

N

SJ608496

118

Baddiley Lock No 9

Baddiley Bridge No 14

4.4

9

N

SJ607492

118

Wrenbury Lift Bridge No 20

Wrenbury Village a quarter of a mile south-east

6.3

9

N

SJ589480

117

Marbury Lock No 10

Church Bridge No 23

8.3

10

N

SJ561464

117

Steer Bridge No 24

8.9

10

N

SJ553463

117

Quoisley Lock No 11

9.9

11

N

SJ538462

117

Willey Moor Lock No 12

10.9

12

N

SJ534451

117

Povey's Lock No 13

11.3

13

N

SJ532446

117

Grindley Brook Bridge No 28

Tail of grindly Brook Lower Locks Nos 14 to 16

12.3

13

N

SJ522433

117

Grindley Brook Lock No 16

Top of Lower Locks

12.4

16

N

SJ523431

117

Grindley Brook Lock No 19 (Top of staircase)

Bridge No 29

12.5

19

N

SJ523428

117

New Mills Lift Bridge No 31

Former junction with the Whitchurch Branch

13.4

19

N

SJ528415

117

Wrexham Road Bridge No 32

A525 road

13.6

19

N

SJ523414

117

Sparks Bridge No 35

14.3

19

N

SJ517406

117

Tilstock Park Lift Bridge No 42

16.9

19

N

SJ512378

126

Platt Lane Bridge No 43

17.4

19

N

SJ510365

126

From half a mile after Prees Branch Junction, where the canal crosses into Wrexham from Shropshire, to a point between Clapping Gate Bridge No 49 and Hampton Bank Bridge No 50, where the canal crosses back into Shropshire, the canal is in Wrexham.

Prees Branch Junction

Junction with Shropshire Union Prees Branch

Whixall Moss Roving Bridge No 46

19

19

N

SJ488352

126

Bettisfield Bridge No 48

20.9

19

N

SJ459355

126

Hampton Bank Bridge No 50

21.9

19

N

SJ450344

126

Little Mill Bridge No 55

23.6

19

N

SJ427335

126

Ellesmere Branch Junction

25.6

19

N

SJ400342

126

Coachman's Bridge No 62

Tetchill

27.1

19

N

SJ385329

126

Frankton Junction

Junction with Shropshire Union Montgomery Canal

Montgomery Canal junction

29

19

N

SJ370318

126

Maestermyn Bridge No 5

A495 road and Narrow Boat Inn

30.3

19

N

SJ353325

126

Hindford Bridge No 11

31.5

19

N

SJ334330

126

New Marton Bottom Lock No 1

32.4

20

N

SJ330341

126

New Marton Top Lock No 2

New Marton Bridge No 12

32.6

21

N

SJ328347

126

St Martins Bridge No 13

B5069 road

33.8

21

N

SJ314357

126

Belmont Bridge No 16

34.4

21

N

SJ304357

126

Rhoswiel Bridge No 18

35

21

N

SJ296362

126

Glenrid Bridge No 19

New Inn

35.3

21

N

SJ297368

126

From Chirk Aqueduct, where the canal crosses back into Wrexham from Shropshire, to a point after the Ruabon Branch Junction, where the canal crosses into Denbighshire, the canal is in Wrexham.

Chirk Aqueduct

36

21

N

SJ287372

126

Chirk Tunnel (North end)

36.4

21

N

SJ282378

126

Whitehouses Tunnel

37.8

21

N

SJ285401

117

Irish Bridge No 27

38.1

21

N

SJ285407

117

Fron Lift Bridge No 28

39

21

N

SJ271413

117

Pontcysylite Aqueduct (South end)

39.4

21

N

SJ270419

117

Ruabon Branch Junction

39.6

21

N

SJ270422

117

Bryn Howel Bridge No 38

41.6

21

N

SJ249417

117

Wenffrwd Bridge No 42

42.6

21

N

SJ236425

117

Siambr Bridge No 45

Llangollen - end of navigation for craft of over 10 feet in length

44.3

21

N

SJ215422

117

Pentre-Felin Bridge No 48

45.4

21

N

SJ207435

117

Llantisilio, Horseshoe Falls

46

21

N

0

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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