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Dinghy Dawdle

 

The Society designed the 'Montgomery Meander and Dinghy Dawdle' to draw attention to the 'dropped' or lowered bridges that must be rebuilt to allow continuous navigation along the Montgomery Canal. Photographs in the press of people carrying dinghys, canoes and kayaks across roads illustrated the point. With time, difficulties in supervising the road crossings meant that the Dawdle began to use routes that avoided the dropped bridges and so became less of a campaign tool, more simply a social event. The 2011 event was the 26th and last to be run by the Society; the Friends of the Montgomery Canal took it on for 2012 and expanded it to a Triathlon of 'bikes, boats and boots'.

Click to read about the history of the Dawdle, and some of the highs and lows of the Montgomery Canal restoration.

 

No.YearDateRoute
Triathlon
5 2016 7 May Cycle Newtown - Pool Quay, walk Pool Quay - Morton, paddle Morton - Weston Arm
4 2015 9 May
3 2014 10 May Cycle Newtown - Welshpool, paddle Welshpool - Llanymynech, walk Llanymynech - Frankton
2 2013 11 May
1 2012 02 June
Dawdle
26 2011 12 June Weston Arm to Canal Central, Maesbury
The 26th Dinghy Dawdle started in the rain and finished in the rain. Around 14 entrants had had a good look at the forecast and decided to stay at home. However, some 29 boats did set off, including, believe it or not, several late entries. So they did know what they were letting themselves in for! Thanks to Shropshire Paddlesports for their hospitality at the lunch break.
Thanks to everyone who helped to with the running and organising of this event, without your hard work it would not have been possible.
Dinghy Dawdle 2011
2011 Dawdle at the Weston Arm
25 2010 13 June Berriew - Welshpool
The Dinghy Dawdle in 2010 was a rather special occasion, being the twenty-fifth year in which our intrepid boaters and walkers took to the Montgomery Canal to draw attention to it. Many thanks to everyone for your support and for making it a really enjoyable event, despite the drenching in the last leg. Sixty-six boats entered, plus ten walking groups.
2010 Dinghy Dawdle
2010 Dawdle Collage
24 2009 07 June Garthmyl - Freestone
23 2008 08 June Redwith - Queens Head
22 2007 10 June Burgedin - Llanymynech
Dinghy Dawdle 2007
2007 Dawdle at Carreghofa Locks
21 2006 25 June Aberbechan - Trysllewellyn
Dinghy Dawdle 2006
2006 Dawdle at Newhouse Lock opening
20 2005 26 June Welshpool - Burgedin
19 2004 13 June Berriew - Welshpool
Dinghy Dawdle 2004
2004 Dawdle
18 2003 06 April Gronwen wharf - Weston Arm
Dinghy Dawdle 2003
2003 Dawdle at the newly opened Aston Locks
17 2002 16 June Aberbechan - Penllwyn
Dinghy Dawdle 2002
2002 Dawdle - the first boats to use Brynderwen Lock after its restoration
2001 10 June Cancelled due to Foot and Mouth Disease
16 2000 11 June Ardleen - Llanymynech
15 1999 13 June Aberbechan - Penllwyn
14 1998 07 June Aberbechan - Penllwyn
13 1997 08 June Aberbechan - Penllwyn
12 1996 02 June Berriew - Welshpool
11 1995 04 June Maerdy - Llanymynech
10 1994 05 June Maerdy - Llanymynech
9 1993 06 June Berriew - Welshpool
8 1992 07 June Wern - Welshpool
7 1991 02 June Berriew - Welshpool
6 1990 03 June Wern/Buttington - Welshpool
5 1989 04 June Wern/Buttington - Welshpool
4 1988 05 June Wern/Buttington - Welshpool
3 1987 07 June Belan - Welshpool
2 1986 ?? June Wern - Welshpool Wharf
1 1985 30 June Buttington wharf - Welshpool