Thursday 12 March

We have always thought that with a draft of 30” we couldn’t travel the last four and half miles to Llangollen as our guide book advises that craft with a draft of more than 21” should not attempt it. However, the local boaters have said that it’s possible provided we take it slowly. We decided to chance it.

We began our journey in sunshine and we motored over the Chirk Aqueduct and through the two tunnels we’d walked through yesterday before reaching the magnificent Pontcysyllte aqueduct. By the time we here, the sun had disappeared and the cloud was thickening, spoiling our chances of some spectacular photography.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontcysyllte_Aqueduct

We nudged our way across the aqueduct in Telford’s cast iron trough. I was steering and you feel quite exposed and vulnerable if you can bear to look over the unprotected side of the trough down to the cricket pitch 126 ft below. The sides of the trough are about 4” thick, after which there is just a sheer drop. The aqueduct is 1007 feet long and carries the canal over the River Dee. The pedestrians who walk along the adjacent footway at least have a handrail.

In Trevor we made the sharp left turn towards Llangollen and hoped that the local boaters were right about our draft.   The canal from hereon is narrow as well as shallow and you have to travel about 2 miles before you can find anywhere to moor.   The scenery is spectacular and well worth the visit.

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We travelled very slowly and didn’t go aground.   We pulled in at the first available moorings at Sun Trevor Bridge and although it was still early in the day we decided to moor here for the night.

After a late lunch we walked into Llangollen to see what moorings were available these days. It is over 30 years since we last brought a boat this way and mooring was limited and chaotic then. (We only travelled as far as Trevor when we came this way in 2011). We were delighted to find that the moorings have improved significantly and there are now canal-side moorings available, each with water and electricity beside them. We walked on to the new marina mooring at the end of the canal where there are pontoon moorings, also with water and electricity, although we were informed that here the electric is turned off over the winter months. 48 hour mooring is available and during the months of November to end of March, there is no charge.   Thereafter, a £6/night mooring only fee is charged – electricity is extra.

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Very narrow canal , requiring advance walking party to check whether anything coming towards you

 

It started to drizzle as we walked back to the boat and we got back just before the heavens opened and it rained heavily well into the evening.

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A roadside sculpture viewed from the towpath

 

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