Well three months later and we start moving, what a joy, well almost. I had promised to help Ted from Innisfree to enlarge a hole for a 12 volt socket, once this was done we said our goodbyes and headed off to the winding hole to the South of Nantwich. We didn’t get very far before we ran aground, a strong southerly and a light bow (empty water tank) meant that we were being forced on to the bank where the low slung stern dug into the canal floor, this happened a couple of times before we reached the winding hole, needless to say turning was a doddle with a favourable wind direction.
We eventually got to the water point only to discover that we had lost our tap connector, Frances popped down to the Chandlers to see if they had one while I started to knock up a makeshift connection. Fortunately we were in luck as the Chandler had one and we started to fill up with water. Not long after there was an almighty bang as a boat ran into our bikes at the stern due to the very gusty wind conditions, so off with the bikes a quick check to see if they were okay and they are now stored up on the roof out of harms way. All of this was being watched on the local security Web Cam by our friends Lizzie and Dave from Australia oh the joys of boating.
We are now on the Llangollen, only just, we came through the first four locks and have moored up near Burland. The lock keeper told us as workmen were inspecting her squidgy depression ( a large under ground cavity filled with water ) that there had been over 100 boats through the locks in the last two days. The Llangollen canal is the most popular canal in the UK so it was of no surprise to hear of such through traffic during the Easter, I guess we will have a very busy two weeks and then it may quieten down. We are going to have to move a little faster than our normal pace as we are booked in at Swanley Marine for boat blacking on the 27th April. So a brisk excursion down the Llangollen for us.
Today we did 5.07 miles and 4 Locks
Statistics so far:-
1111.45 Miles, 758 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels