The Trust plans to recommence its summer program of trips on Easter Saturday – 20th April operating on the same lines as last year – we are hoping for your support once again.
Scheduled Trips are planed at 11.00am and 2.00pm each Saturday thereafter plus Sundays from 28th July through to the end of September with additional intervening privately booked trips whenever needed. It will be really helpfull if you are able to give me dates when you can assist – we need skippers and crew for the unshaded dates on the list attached.
Much has been happening over the winter – Heulwen III has been out of the water, has new stern gear, a working bow thruster and new heating while your committee is engaged in exciting new plans to promote the Trust – to keep up with all the news please come along to the Trust’s Annual General Meeting next Tuesday 12th March – 7.00pm being held here at Highfield Grange when we hope you are able to join us. (Ring Ryta on
07802 622699 for directions if needed),
Apart from the opportunity of enjoying your time afloat with the Trust as it’s skippers and crew you also have the opportunity to organise your own private trips as a sincere thank you for your support and if you know of any one else who might be interested in joining the team afloat
– please bring them along.
All your comments or suggestions for the trips are most welcome – we look forward to hearing from you if you are unable to join us next Tuesday – meanwhile one suggestion made is for a pre season “familiarisation” trip using both boats in turn, are you interested?
Scheduled trips for members of the Public
The return trip (about two hours)
WEEKEND TRIPS WILL RECOMMENCE on Saturday 31st March 2018
From Easter through to the end of September 2018, we offer scheduled trips every Sunday and Bank Holiday. We also run on Saturdays of Bank Holidays and through the summer holidays (Sat 7 and 28 April 2018, Sat 5th and 26th May 2018, Sat 21st and 29th July, all Saturdays in August 2018 and Sat 01 Sept 2018).
We depart from the middle of Welshpool and leave at 11 am and 2 pm. We pick up at the Town Wharf (for directions see below). Ten to fifteen minutes later we will be in the Town Lock which is just after the Museum and beside Morrisons on Severn Street.
After the lock beside Morrisons, we will take you along the canal, turning around just below the Belan locks before returning you to the town centre a little more than two hours later. The route pretty much follows (but goes beyond) the diagrammatic plan at the bottom of the first page of the Canal and River Trust montgomery-canal-trail through Welshpool.
We charge £8 for an adult and £4 for a child aged between 2 and up to 15. A family ticket for two adults and two children is £20. A disabled person travels free
Please note that there are NO trips the weekend of the third Sunday in July as both our boats will be doing free trips at the Welshpool Country and Western. You are welcome to come and join us at our fund raising event. Have a look at Welshpool Country and Western for further details
How to come on one of our scheduled trips
If you want to just turn up we will be delighted to take you if there is room. You may prefer to make a booking for one of our trips in advance by telephoning or calling into the Welshpool Tourist Information Centre at the Vicarage Gardens, Church Street Welshpool SY21 7DD, Tel. 01938 552043. If you click on the above link, you will be taken to their site with a map showing their location (which also shows the location of the Town Wharf —the wide blue area just below Mill Lane).
How to find the Boat
Our boats are painted red and are called Heulwen II or Heulwen III. When waiting to leave on a trip we will be moored up beside the Town Wharf. Both boats have wheel chair hydraulic lifts for access to cabin.
For the Saturday Sunday and Bank Holiday return trips, we pick up at 11 am and at 2 pm
The Town Wharf is located between the pay and display car park opposite the Tourist Information Centre (location map see above). (Disabled access is much easier from this side of the canal) and the Tesco Car Park which is on the towpath side of the canal. Looking at front of Tesco, go to your right as far as you can to find the canal. Alternatively when you come off the roundabout, pass the petrol station on your right and follow the main way (i.e. don’t turn off into any of the side ways to the parking bays) until you get to the end of the shops on your right. The canal is at the end of the car park. The boats are on the other side of the canal. Use the foot bridge to the left of the end of the car park. Step free slopes lead over the footbridge (which originally was part of the narrow gauge railway to Llanfair Caerenion) and then down to the Town Wharf.
The canal is a bit lower than the car park so you may not see the canal boats until you are close to the canal
There is step free access to the boats from both car parks. Access to the cabin is by ramps and hydraulic lifts to make it easy for wheelchair users and people who are a little bit wobbly. Our toilets have grab rails etc
For a location map have a look at this site. The Wharf is the wide blue area just below Mill Lane.