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Monday, 19 May 2014

Llangollen Canal May 2014 - Day 1 and 2.

We have just spent a week on our share owner NB Centurion now based at Wrenbury Mill on the Llangollen Canal.
Day 1
After a long drive from Norfolk, we stocked with food and drink at Whitchurch, then loaded up at the base by the lift bridge. Waiting for father to arrive we sorted out bedding, clothes, food, etc then left the boatyard to moor on the visitor moorings near the nursery at Whitchurch. We hit our first obstacle here when we discovered one of the water pumps leaking from the pump body, the carpet by the bed was soaked. A quick call to ABC at Wrenbury had the pump changed within an hour and we attempted to dry out the carpet. Later Gill cooked a nice meal, eaten with some lovely wine.
Moored opposite a Pink Floyd Fan.
Day 2
The Sunday brought rain, a steady drizzle to begin with, so after my normal narrow boat breakfast of bacon butties I put on full wet weather gear and we set off up the Llangollen Canal. The canal was not busy as we headed for the locks.
Quiet stretch of canal near Marbury.
We first had Marbury lock to do, only a short queue of 1 boat, before heading through the other locks to Grindley Brook.
Waiting for Marbury Lock.
Nice stretch near Quoisley Lock.
We pushed on to moor for lunch before the old railway bridge before Grindley Brook.
We then ascended the Grindley Brook locks, fist time ever we have seen no queue here. We where still having the occasional shower but nothing too heavy.
We had help up the staircase locks by some volunteers, making for a quick journey up the flight.
Grindley Brook Locks.
Waiting for the gates to the top rise.
We carried on through the rain which sometimes got heavier, through Whitchurch, with most of the Yellow peril fleet at base, then through various lift bridges,and along the winding canal past Fenns Bank, stopping to allow father a little time to explore the old Cambrian Railway Whitchurch to Welshpool line which crossed the canal before finally calling it a day just after Platt Lane. Plenty of time for a little fishing before dinner, mainly Perch and Roach where caught. Too wet later to walk down to the Waggoner's Inn for a beer.
Peaceful mooring near Platt Lane.

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