Swanley Marina

April 26, 2010

Well here we are moored outside of Swanley Marina ready for a week of scraping and sprucing up the boat. A boat comes out of dry dock tomorrow morning at 10 am and we take its place for a week of merriment and fun, there is nothing wrong with a little positive thinking.

Missed four days of the blog, probably due to moving so quickly that my brain was unable to assimilate the incoming information, after all we did in four days what would normally take us fourteen.

Thursday Moved to Ellesmere and did 5.06 Miles and 5 Locks

Friday moved to Willey Moor Lock and did 14.74 Miles and 7 Locks

Saturday moved to Wrenbury we did 4.34 miles and 3 Locks and 5 lift bridges

Sunday we stayed in Wrenbury

Today we did 6.15 Miles 3 Locks and 1 Lift bridge twice

Statistics so far:-

1270.88 Miles, 808 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels


Perry Aqueduct

April 21, 2010

Sorry but again we have a very slow internet connection,so no photographs. This morning we headed as far as we could go on the canal and have moved back along as far as the Perry Aqueduct so that we can be positioned for an easy departure tomorrow afternoon.

We have not done the Montgomery canal its fair justice but needs must and we have to be in Swanley Marina after the weekend, because of this we always new that it would be a short stay for us on the Llangollen and the Montgomery. We would have loved to have biked up to the open middle section of the canal around Welshpool but that will just have to be another time.

Today we did 6.15 Miles 3 Locks and 1 Lift bridge twice

Statistics so far:-

1242.20 Miles, 788 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 58 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Maesbury Marsh

April 20, 2010

Another new canal after a very long day cruising, well by our normal standards. The Montgomery canal is a pint size canal which we have completed in an afternoon. The canal is undergoing restoration and has been since the 60’s, when it is completed it will run almost as far as Newtown and be 5 times longer, as it is we are still in England. You have to book your time on and off the canal as they only allow a certain number of boats on the canal at any given time.

The Lock keeper was a jolly soul and very informative about the facilities and gave us a detailed review of the two pubs that we could visit during our stay, not much good to us as we have signed the no alcoholic midweek pledge, this is our first week, this is not an aid to navigating the Llangollen.

I should have said yesterday that I have worked out my blogging lethargy, it all started when I got the keyboard out and I have subsequently been putting in a lot of hours catching up with lost time on the pieces that I was learning before we went off to New Zealand, this can be very de-motivational to non musical activities.

Slow connection again so no pictures.

Today we did 11.97 Miles and 10 Locks

Statistics so far:-

1176.05 Miles, 785 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 56 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Near Rhoswiel

April 19, 2010

Yesterday we came down to Chirk as we needed a few odds and ends for the meal I was cooking, there wasn’t a big enough shop in Froncysyllte, mind you the Spar shop in Chirk wasn’t much better. We didn’t really want a Tesco delivery until after we have done the boat blacking as we are not too sure of our living arrangements while we do the boat blacking. I have to say that we have found that the Llangollen canal isn’t too well serviced with good local shops.

Today we booked the locks through onto the Montgomery canal for tomorrow and so have moved a short distance along in order to give us extra time in the morning for a well earned lie in, it is hard moving around these canals.

No photos today as we have a slow connection, I should have done it yesterday as we had 3g connection then but for some reason I was just too tired or plain lazy and as they say lazy by name lazy by nature.

Today we did 1.15 Miles

Yesterday we did 3.4 Miles and 2 Tunnels

Statistics so far:-

1164.08 Miles, 775 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 56 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels


April 17, 2010

We decided to move along to the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, well just because we can and again we had to let a hire boat pass us as they drove up behind. One chap riding along on a bicycle called out to us that he liked the speed that we had passed his boat and that we had done it twice so he thought that he should compliment us on our speed.

We have moored up on the south side of the aqueduct in a lovely spot with a good view of the aqueduct, while we were having lunch I could here a couple of lambs calling for their mother and sure enough there were a couple wondering along the tow path totally lost, a shepherd came along later and reclaimed them.

Llangollen Steam Train

Lost Lambs

Another view of Pontcysyllte aqueduct

Today we did 3.16 Miles

Statistics so far:-

1159.53 Miles, 775 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 56 Lift Bridges, 12 Tunnels

Train Ride

April 16, 2010

We walked into town (2miles) and incidentally walked back lugging our shopping after having been on the Llangollen steam train through the vale of Dee which we shuffed our way through some pleasant Welsh countryside. We could have used the bus to go into Llangollen but apparently the English bus pass doesn’t work if you start your journey in Wales, it does if you start in England and as the bus drivers are au fait with their location it was a none starter in getting free transport.

Look it is Friday and I have no idea where the camera cable is, so there is absolutely no chance of pictures today. Yes we went over to the pub for a drink before dinner and I made a Malva Pudding which used masses of Cointreau and so basically we are having a quick blog today.

Statistics so far:-

1156.37 Miles, 775 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 56 Lift Bridges, 12 Tunnels

Sun Trevor

April 15, 2010

We set off early this morning so as to avoid any incoming traffic on the one way section of the canal, you can certainly tell that the Easter holidays are winding down as the traffic today was much reduced.

We have moved to a place just outside of Llangollen near the Sun Trevor pub, we feel that we haven’t finished exploring this area so will stay here for another day or so.

We had the bikes out today, dusted, cleaned and oiled, oh and repaired a puncture and then managed a ride to Pontcysyllte aqueduct. Before the bike ride we spent the time reorganizing and tidying the boat, I was a keen participant of this activity as without the reorganization I wouldn’t be able (allowed) to get my keyboard out.

I have added a couple of pictures of tonight sunset in the light of the Icelandic cloud.

River Dee – Llangollen

Frances in ruins

Our current moorings mid picture

Sunset 1

Sunset 2

Today we did 2.08 Miles

Statistics so far:-

1156.37 Miles, 775 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 56 Lift Bridges, 12 Tunnels