Thursday, 7 July 2011

We have arrived at Llangollen Basin

We have had a lovely week cruising with Vicki and Tom on the Llangollen Canal.  This morning we left our mooring just above New Marton Locks in a heavy shower.


Vicki and James outside in the rain (through the porthole in the rear door)!

Within 10 minutes of leaving the sun came out and we had a pleasant cruise to Chirk where we crossed the aqueduct.  A dramatic section next to the railway viaduct and a good practice run for the “real” thing a bit later on!



and then passed through the tunnel.  Not easy as the flow of the canal causes the boats to “crab” with resulting frequent contact with the wall.



Back into the daylight!

We continued on to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.  We haven’t been here since 2008, when we were on our first narrow boat.  This was a first for “Chance”  As we crossed we chatted to a number of tourists who were walking across.  One couple, from New Zealand, stepped aboard to experience the frightful drop to the River Dee below!








After passing over the aqueduct, and through the junction at Trevor, we continued onto the basin at Llangollen.  We only stopped for one boat to pass out of the narrows – it was so quiet.


A lot of water coming out of the back with very little forward movement.


Waiting for the oncoming boat to clear the narrows and a chance to enjoy the wonderful scenery.

By 3pm, we arrived at Llangollen and moored in the basin.  We’re here for the next 48 hours (only £6 per night including electricity).


We walked into the town of Llangollen in the afternoon. It was sunny and warm so had an ice cream and a pint at the Bridge End Hotel where we returned to this evening for a meal.


Tomorrow Vicki and Tom leave us to travel on to Norwich to collect their new puppy. He’s called Ernie and is nearly 8 weeks old, he’s a “Beaffy” (Beagle and Staffy cross)


and doesn’t he look cute!  Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

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