Chirk

Our short time in Llangollen over, this morning we eased out of the basin and entered the narrows. Travelling with the flow made for far easier going, although we still bumped the bottom a bit. We did meet a few hire boats on route but fortunately at the wider parts of the canal. We crossed the ‘stream in the sky’ (Pontcysyllte) before passage through the two tunnels and then Chirk Aquaduct. As we reached the end of the Aquaduct we passed a sign saying ‘Welcome to England’. Our destination was only a mile further on by the Poachers Pocket P.H. There was a free spot directly outside which we took advantage of whilst we stopped for lunch. The mooring was ok, but had the potential to be a bit noisy if the pub got busy in the evening. So after lunch we moved the boat a couple of hundred yards further on. We will probably stay here for a day or so to recuperate from our Welsh adventure.

Totals 9 Miles 2 Tunnels
Running total 356 Miles 161 Locks 16 Tunnels

Llangollen update

Today as planned we took a trip on the Llangollen railway. The line runs for ten miles to the village of Corwen. Various types of engine are used, and it is possible using the timetable to choose how you travel, either by steam or diesel. We, for obvious reasons choose steam. The return trip take about 1 hour 40 mins, however we opted to depart the train at the village of Carrog. Here the engine is turned from one end of the train to the other. The village also hosts the Grouse P.H. which was recommended to us by the guard for lunch, and is dog friendly. They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here they are.

       

                                                            On approach to Carrog Station.

       

                                                              The end of the line, currently.

       

                                                                           Carrog Station.

       

                                                                 Engine 5199 built in 1934.

                                      
       
       
                                                         Stunning scenery surrounding the River Dee.
On our return journey we disembarked the train at Berwyn. It was then just a short walk over a newly constructed chain bridge across the River Dee to Horseshoe Falls. This is a Horseshoe shaped weir on the river designed by Thomas Telford to raise the river level, providing a feeder for the Llangollen Canal. The flow rate into the canal exceeds 13 million gallons a day.
       
                                                                         Horseshoe Falls.
       
                                                                            Berwyn Bridge.
There is a strict 48 hour time limit in Llangollen Basin and our time is up tomorrow lunchtime. The weather looks fair so we are going to head back towards Chirk. This time we are going with the flow, so I expect the return journey will be easier.

    

                                                          

Llangollen

With a certain amount of trepidation, we slipped out of the Trevor arm at 8.50 this morning and commenced the turn onto the final stretch of the Llangollen Canal. The reason we were unsure how the day would go, is because the Nicholson’s Guides in their navigational notes, advise against commencing this section of canal if your boat draws more than 21 inches. Our boat draws at least 30, possibly 32 inches, and I had visions of getting stuck halfway, blocking the canal at the height of the holiday season. You will be pleased to know, and we certainly are, that Nicholson’s are wrong. Yes we bumped along the bottom in a couple of places and the final narrow was painfully slow, barely inching along on tickover. Other than that, not much else to report on our short, four mile incident free journey. We only met a couple of boats on the way and the basin at the end had plenty of room. So we are now all secure and plugged into mains electric for our two day stay. The Icebreaker mentioned in yesterday’s post had also made it.

       

                                                    The landscape is becoming increasingly hilly.

       

       

                                                        The hills above Llangollen ahead.

       

       

                                     Single passage only at this point but the water is crystal clear.

       

                                                      The final narrow towards Llangollen Basin.

       

                                                                   All secure in the basin.

       

                                                                     The town of Llangollen.

       

                                                       Llangollen bridge crossing the river Dee.

During a walk round the town we found the railway station, and tomorrow we are in for a real treat. Llangollen to Corwen and back by steam train, including a trip to the famous Horseshoe Falls, the source of the Llangollen Canal.
Totals 4 Miles
Running total 347 Miles 161 Locks 14 Tunnels