If you are have booked on a weekends or bank holiday, you will be leaving from the Town Wharf, otherwise, you will be leaving from the Heulwen Wharf (If you want another start point please contact us).
Unfortunately Satnavs, Google maps etc do NOT recognise the road leading to the Heulwen Wharf. So please familiarise yourself with the end of the route before you leave. If you use the post code SY21 7DJ you will be taken to the Rhallt Nursing Home which is the first / last building on Salop Road . As you turn into Salop Road from A483 you need to go to the new roundabout and take the second exit (I.e. you are turning right) as if you are going to the new school. Before the school gates there is a new road to your right. At present it looks a bit rough and ready but this leads you to the lane leading to the Wharf (and confuse the Satnav!).
If you have come into Welshpool from the west or are otherwise coming from the town centre along Salop Road, the building at SY21 7DJ is the last on your right. You need to go on a further 50 yards to the new roundabout and take first exit as if you are going to the new school. Before the school gates there is a new road to your right. At present it looks a bit rough and ready but this leads you to the lane leading to the Wharf.
The map above left shows the lane leading to and the location of the Wharf but does not show the link from the school road to that lane. The old junction to Salop Road has been closed off.
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 roads 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 footbridge 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.