Sunday, October 31, 2010

Over The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Or 'Bendy' In The Sky

Emerging from Whitehouses Tunnel

Across the aqueduct by canoe!

NB Bendigedig ( aka Bendy) in the sky!

On Saturday we were woken early by the trains being quite near the line going to Chirk. We were in luck the wind had dropped and it wasn't raining. First of all it was walk the dog while Eric cruised alongside- progress was slow being against the flow of the canal and the dreaded leaves. Ben and I walked through Whitehouses Tunnel and took a picture of NB Bendigedig as she emerged into the sunshine.

We continued on our way as the canal towpath becomes part of the Offa's Dyke Footpath stopping to work a lift bridge at Froncysyllte before getting back on the boat to cross the aqueduct. I was a bit of a chicken I didn't fancy walking across with Ben the dog. The boat looked as if it was flying in my photo but it was very slow progress, the canoes following us across were being held up by us.

Then we turned left onto the final very shallow stretch to reach our weekend mooring spot- Llangollen Wharf. Ben and I walked ahead to check if any boats were coming through the narrow sections, luckily we passed the trip boat in a wider section. The children on the boat were having a great time waving at everyone. Now we're moored up we'd like to stay but it's 48 hours only- nevermind we'll be back.


artymess said...

wow that looks amazing Elsie room for vertigo there ..we once nearly took a hire narrowboat along it but decided as it was our first time in a narrowboat that we would pass on it !!.....that holiday in 1976 started my dream of living on one .....happy cruising ...x

Mo said...

Thanks for the photos, surely we'll get to do the Aqueduct one day.
Mo and v
PS. Your blog-roll puts as back 5 months, we blog every week so don't know why it doesn't show up on yours.

Elsie said...

Hi Mo and Vanessa- on mine it shows at i hour ago! I'm confused.

Mo said...

Hi Elsie
All is well now thanks, it's jumped forward to the latest blog. Yours wasn't the only one, several Blogger users had the same problem.
Hope you are both in good health and well insulated for the winter.