Saturday, 27 May 2017

A lovely couple of days in Llangollen

Saturday 27th May
The weather over the last few days has been glorious, we had a walk to Horseshoe Falls on Thursday afternoon with Jaz, it was a good 45 minute steady walk to the end of the canal. From the basin where we were moored the canal carries on to Horseshoe Falls, but the only canal boat that can travel this part is the horse drawn trip boat. The canal is fed by the river Dee at Horseshoe falls it is controlled through a building situated at the end of the canal.
Hercules towing the trip boat
Not too many people on board today.
The canal is narrow.
The end!!
Yesterday morning after Kev had taken Jaz for a good walk we left her at the boat while we went on the steam train from Llangollen to Corwen. It was lovely and the scenery fabulous, here are some photos Kev took along the way.

Looking across from the station over the river Dee at Llangollen station

This is the Chainbridge hotel, we walked passed it on the other side where the canal is!

One of the small stations along the way.

We had a cuppa & cake at Carrog station and were joined by this sparrow!
people enjoying the sun & the River Dee!
The return trip was well worth it especially on such a lovely day, I went to the shop afterwards while Kev returned to R&R and he took the photo below, we are second from the left in the centre of pic.

This morning we were up very early and left the basin just after 6am, stopping briefly to empty the cassette and then I walked ahead to make sure there wasn't any boats coming through the narrow part of the canal where it is single file. We didnt expect to see anybody else at this time of the morning but you never know!! Anyway it started overcast as we left this morning but then it started to rain, such a difference a day makes instead of T-shirts & shorts it was Jeans & waterproof jacketsđź’¦
Leaving the basin this morning before the rain started.

With the flow of the water behind us we were at the junction at Trevor just after 8am and onto the Pontcysllte aqueduct once again, I had a bit of a scare as Kev noticed our fenders were still down the boat on both sides so he got off the boat onto the walkway and lifted 2 of them and then went to the other side as we were going over the river Dee!  He just laughed at me as I was so scared he would fall!
Anyway no catastrophe thank god, after we had got through Whitehouse tunnel Kev got off the boat and walked Jaz to the moorings close to the Chirk tunnel and I pulled over and we moored for a cuppa & a sausage sandwich.  We carried on and moored just after bridge 19 close to The Poachers Pocket pub.

1 comment:

  1. OMG! That last paragraph has made me feel quite queasy. I have a real problem with heights at the best of times, let alone the thought of soneone raising fenders going over that aqueduct!