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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Trevor and back...

97 miles, 54 locks in 10 days of great weather.

Back home after our cruise over the Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen, but never again will we go in the silly season. Definitely too many hire boaters on this section of canal at any one time.

Next weekend we're going to try and get some of the outstanding jobs finished before our next trip out.

Old Stables at the staircase heading away from Chester

Hurleston Locks, and shallow today

The Hurleston  flight wasn't particularly busy, but the third lock was shallow and we couldn't get over the cill on the upper gate, having to release water from the next lock, it must have made some difference because Dee O Ghee  still scrapped the bottom but made it through.
Fill the water at Hurleston







Hurleston on the return didn't cause a problem and we floated through the locks no problem.

Charlie having some fun

Keep a close eye on things

Old lock keeper cottage

One of many lift bridges


Bridge before Grindley Brook

Grindley Brook cottages
Our Walkie talkies came in handy here as the locks are not visible from the boat with a sharpe right hand turn.
Last lock before the staircase at Grindley Brook


Looking back towards the staircase lock
The staircase lock at Grindley Brook was a hive of activity, it seemed mostly onlookers as there wasn't any real delays, and with three lock keepers to assist boaters through the locks kept it moving well. 

Charlie loitering outside the services building 
Taking advantage of the elsan facilities and moored up for the night at the fourty eight hour moorings further along. 

Prees Turning
I dislike this long section of canal




Montgomery turning

Ellesmere

As we reached Ellesmere the chaos started, from here on to Trevor there were hire boaters coming from every angles, don't get me wrong the vast majority were ok but some just shouldn't been allowed near a boat. We stayed the night here and visited Tesco and the local chippy that served huge helpings of fish and chips. One serving would easily have fed us both.

Ellesmere near Tesco
New housing at Ellesmere


Blakemere mooring on return trip
Blakemere



Another warm day



Mooring at St Martins moor



St Martins moor


St Martins moor at night


Wrenbury lift bridge


Wrenbury lift bridge, on the outbound journey was very quite but on the return trip it was a lot busier, we stopped and called at the local shop just down the road for supply's and then had a drink when we got back, waiting for all the excitement outside to clear.


Wrenbury lift bridge looking back





Congestion at Wrenbury


Chirk Marina


Chirk

 

Geese at Chirk



Chirk Aqueduct


Mark posing


Chirk Aqueduct


Chirk Aqueduct


Chirk Tunnel 459 yard long and entering Wales


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Just inches from sudden death


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, stating the obvious is very high (126 feet) we were a little concerned for Charlie on the stern but he obviously he has a good head for heights and wasn't faded by sheer drop just inches away.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct



Pontcysyllte Aqueduct completed in 1805 and 126 feet above the river below


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Marks turn on the way back

Winded (turned around) in the branch at Trevor and straight back over the aqueducts to negotiate our way back to Ellesmere, stopping at Tesco again for supply's we forgot the first time around.




Mr duck

 

Police helicopter




Some lovely cottages on route



And some with potential.





This looked great fun, cant remember where it was.




We had good fun but will never do it again in  the holiday season and probably go only as far as Ellesmere. The weather was great all ten days and we both got a good tan.


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