Pete's Montgomery Canal Photo-site.
Brynderwen (Abermule) to Newtown ( Section15 ).  Page 1
 This section is only navigable for small portable craft but, if you enjoy walking, the towpath forms a pleasant walk. Restoration of Byles Lock has previously been accomplished and Newhouse Lock is  currently under restoration. The SUCS work team having established itself on site are working on the lock and   bye-weir.
  After leaving the restored Brynderwyn Lock, the canal travels along side the A483 Trunk road for a short distance in the direction of Newtown before it is crossed by the " New Road Bridge" that used to carry the main road into and through Abermule. The canal continues to run parallel to the road and alongside but at a higher level than the River Severn until it passes below the A483 through a tunnel like bridge before heading away from the Abermule area. It originally rose through five locks before reaching its terminal basin in Newtown. Sadly, its present course now ends at the feeder from the Penarth Weir below the site of the Freestone Lock from where to Newtown the course has mostly been obliterated although most of the towpath is still traceable before reaching Newtown itself where the basin and wharf areas have disappeared
Prominently sited by Brynderwen Lock at Abermule, sandwiched between the canal and the A483 trunk road is the Shropshire Union Canal Company Warehouse.

A peculiarity in the canal company maps named the lock Brynderwen but the bridges Brynderwyn.
Brynderwyn New Road Bridge. ( Bridge no. 147 ).
The bridge itself was cast in 1853 at the Brymbo Ironworks near Wrexham but, due to increased traffic loading, a brick pillar had to be constructed to support the center of the bridge. Weight restrictions were later imposed as weights became even heavier.
Abermule Bypass Bridge (Bridge no. 147a) seen from the towpath on the approach from the Brynderwen side. The bridge provides navigable headroom but has not been provided with a tow-path.
Southern end of the Abermule Bypass Bridge.
After the tunnel.
This scene is looking back towards  Abermule from the canal towpath on the approach  to Byles Lock.
The road bridge is seen to the right.
Byles Lock Bridge (Bridge no. 148).
After leaving both the road and the river, the canal follows the contour of the hill before a gentle rise in the land brings us to Byles Lock Bridge with its lock keepers cottage.
Byles Lock with its lock keepers cottage is found past Bridge no. 148
The lock has a rise of 7 foot 2½ inches and is in a good state of repair having already been restored. The entrance to the bye-weir is clearly seen to the left of the photo.
Leaving Byles lock, the canal passes through another attractive tree lined section.
This photo shows the close proximity to the River Severn, seen on your  left .
New House Lock Bridge ( Bridge no. 149 ).
The approach to New House Lock Bridge showing the re-built towpath and bye-weir. Which  brings us to a collection of houses and farm buildings which are the last habitations for over half a mile before reaching Aberbechan.
New House Lock (7 foot 9½ inches rise) .
Between New House Lock Bridge (No. 149) and New House Bridge (No. 150) lies New House Lock itself.
Restored by the SUCS work team in conjunction with B.W.
An attractive picnic area has been created by the lock side.

CLICK HERE for 2005 restoration work photo’s.
The Bridge, Aberbechan Kiln Bridge ( Bridge no. 151), marks the site of an area that in years gone by had boasted a coal wharf, lime kiln and corn mill.
Aberbechan Aqueduct ( Bridge no. 151A).
Just past Aberbechan Kiln Bridge we come to the Bechan Brook over which the canal passes on a mainly stone built three arch aqueduct but some brickwork was incorporated in its construction.

A feature of this aqueduct are the stone cutwaters that are of a well proportioned curved and pointed construction .
Near to Aberbechan. A view along the towpath looking in the direction of Aberbechan Aqueduct from the Aberbechan Road Bridge (Bridge no. 152 ).
Aberbechan Road Bridge ( Bridge no. 152).
This bridge is constructed of stone piers with tied brick jack arches supporting moulded cast iron girders that have produced one of the strongest bridge structures of the whole canal.

The North side of the bridge carries the mark of the Brymbo (Wrexham ) Ironworks and a construction date of 1852.
Bridge number 152.
Another view of the Aberbechan Road Bridge, this time from the B4389 that is carried over the bridge from the A483 trunk road towards the village.

Note the stone parapet walls on either side of the road as it rises gently over the canal.