Saturday 1st March 2014 – Chirk Aqueduct to Llangollen (9 Miles)
Our starting point on the canal, the East side of the Chirk Aqueduct
From the canal Aqueduct looking across and through the arches of the adjacent Railway Aqueduct
Into the first the first tunnel, no lights and just a short Four hundred and Twenty metres in length !
Is this where they get the saying ‘Light at the end of the Tunnel’ ?
There is something special about the smell from the smoke of logs burning on a fire. With barely a breeze the smoke from the chimney hung in the air.
The one and only Narrowboat we actually saw cruising on the canal
And a beautiful day to do it………!!
We were on the wrong side to stop and look at some of the boats for sale at the Marina or for an excuse to stop and have a cheeky cuppa !
Ooh Heck ! Another one of those dark tunnels, but not so long this time !
“Don’t rush me, I do have Photo’s to take you know” !!
I feel like a real ‘Gongoozler’, wonder if they would mind me looking through the windows ??
Well maintained towpaths, trees to the right, countryside to the left and hills in front topped with a blue and white hat !!
This certainly looks lived in, smoke from the chimney, washing on the line and lots of supplies of ‘Boaters Gold’ on the roof !!
How beautiful is this scenery ?
Not quite sure that this ‘butty’ should be listing like this !!
Lovely canal side properties !
Sometimes the canal boater has to stop to get through obstacles, this is a simple lift bridge which has to be opened and closed manually with the aid of a ‘handcuff key’.
The canals are never far away from civilisation
Along the towpaths there are very often sculptures, much of it is dedicated to the history of the canals, it’s former industrial roots or perhaps some of its more renowned characters like……………
‘Canada Bill’ ?
This is the famous ‘Pontcysylite Aqueduct’
Note the safety rail on the towpath side but absence of one on the other side !! If you were stood on the stern of your Narrowboat best you keep a firm hold on the tiller !!
Those mischievous grins say it all ! No, I won’t take a few steps back !!
And the view over the side of the Aqueduct !!!!!
You may think he is ‘fly fishing’ but in reality he is collecting all the cameras accidentally dropped from above !!
Once over the Aqueduct you can take some steps down to the River. Bit longer walk than throwing yourself off the top but a bit safer !!
Did I mention it was St. David’s day ?
All still looking happy at the half way point, does anyone else fancy a spot of lunch ?
More canal side sculpture
Hire boats all lined up ready for the start of the season.
They do look very nice !!
Enough loitering, time to continue with our walk.
This time the towpath runs on the other side of the canal
Oh good time for a spot of lunch on a conveniently provided picnic table and bench ! Nice of the canal builders to have ensured we had some lovely views as well !
Yes they even have ‘S’ bends in canals !!
Just a reminder of some of the spectacular scenery to be enjoyed, with the River Dee below
Paul checking the depth of the canal.
More ‘Boaters Gold’ !!
When the farmers, landowners and C&RT carry out maintenance this often includes felling woodland. It is left by the canal bank for boaters to burn on their log burners.
The views that all canal users have the privilege of enjoying, also note the close proximity of the canal and the road !!
The canal was quiet on the boat front so it was nice to occasionally see some moored up along the way
Mooring points are provided along canals although usually there are restrictions on how long boaters can stay.
Shazza and Debs admiring the views whilst Paul makes adjustments to his footwear !
A good view of the local golf course, some call it a sport others say its a good walk ruined !!
Another swing bridge but this is one that remains ‘up’ . It is used by farmers who lower it to cross to their land on the opposite bank but they must raise it again after use. Wonder how they do this if they are on their own ?
This boater has got his supply of ‘Gold’
I think the ‘End is Nigh’ and I don’t mean in an end of the world sort of way !
Narrowboat roofs come in handy for all sorts of purposes, both practical and decorative
And before we knew it we arrived at Llangollen. The canal sits above the town and you get a good view over the rooftops to the River Dee below
The perfect end to a perfect days walk………! Now, where’s the Fish & Chip shop ?
That’s all folks ! ………. I hope you enjoyed taking the ‘virtual’ walk with us ?