Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Llangollen Canal at last

Tuesday 30th June

So it was good bye to the Shroppie.....the north end is much nicer than the south we have decided. From Tyrely Locks onwards we have enjoyed it.

Ideally we should have been going on the Llangollen much earlier in the year before there was so much traffic but we have made it in June....just.....

We were in two minds whether to abandon the idea altogether as we discovered last weekend that the Eisteddfod begins on 6th July so I imagine people will be flocking there already. In the end we have decided to give it a try....it will either be fantastic or disastrous!!!

Our early start this morning was not as early as planned (blame the tennis) and we did not set off until 0645am. By then several boats had gone past us. We reached the entrance to the Llangollen at 0945 via a very sharp left hand bend, to find one boat coming out of the locks and one ahead of waiting to go in.

There are 5 locks here at Hurleston and we had an easy passage through. There seemed to be several British Waterways staff there also. some obviously doing maintenance but presumably or of them was a lock keeper. Anyway they were very helpful.
Geoff is waiting patiently here, one coming down, one ahead going up....good job we are not in a hurry......
We stopped at Swanley Marina to buy a new gas bottle. This looks like a fairly new marina and not marked in our Pearson Guide Book, however it is in the Nicholsons.

Eventually moored at Wrenbury just after the first of what I think will be several lifting bridges.
Very hot and muggy now with occasional short sharp showers.....have just seen the forecast and Thursday looks very wet................................

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