Llangollen Canal

After a leisurely early morning, we drove past flooded fields to the town of Llangollen.

The plan for today was…
Park Car
Grab some dinner
Canal boat trip to Pontcysyllte
Kev walks back to Llangollen / Sue gets bus back
A rather full River Dee

With part one completed we ambled up to the canal, crossing a swollen River Dee, and achieved part two at the cafe next to the canal cruise office. Soup and a sandwich fitted the bill perfectly.

Our Transport

Our narrow boat left just after 12 for a steady cruise along the Llangollen canal culminating in a crossing of the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. This feat of engineering was constructed by Thomas Telford (although he probably had some help) and stands 125 feet above the River Dee. 

A little past the end of the aqueduct, the boat was turned around and we all got off. Sue was to catch the courtesy bus back to Llangollen to indulge in a spot of retail therapy and I was to walk the 4 and a bit miles back the way we had come.
After crossing the 336 yard long aqueduct (they built things in yards back in 1805), there was a left turn towards Llangollen.
A View of the Llangollen Canal

The walk back was pretty uneventful and fairly quiet, passing a few walkers and being passed by a few cyclists. Luckily, the weather held and I arrived back in Llangollen an hour and a few minutes after setting off.

The Garmin recorded 4.96 miles in a time of 1:07:04 – quick but not quick enough to stop Sue’s shopping spree!
Weekly total = 46 miles (+ 6 miles running)


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