Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Frankton Junction To Llangollen in 7 Hours

NB Bendigedig near Maestermyn

We were up and away by ten am- our plan was to get to Llangollen before it got dark. I walked with Ben as far as New Marton Locks, worked through the bottom lock before continuing our walk to the top lock. The lady who lives in the lock cottage came out to help us through the top lock which was very kind of her. I got back aboard to keep Eric supplied with hot drinks as it was cold, Ben would have walked even further. We didn't see a single boat on the move which meant no queues for Chirk and Whitehouses Tunnel or the Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueducts. It's always a slow journey against the flow of the water especially in the narrow sections and the boat struggled to go through a few of the bridge holes on the stretch from Trevor to Llangollen. Ben and I were way ahead of the boat checking no other boats were coming towards us in the narrows (one-way sections) as we walked from Sun Trevor to Llangollen along the muddy towpath. I waited on the wharf chatting to Eiddwen on NB Shush and then NB Bendigedig finally came into view with its tunnel light being used as a headlight. We were soon moored up on the wharf and it got dark really quickly so Eric ended up setting up the satellite TV in the dark. The church bells are ringing in Llangollen tonight it's bell ringing practice on Wednesday evenings.

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