Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cruising To Chaotic Llangollen

Passing places at Sun Trevor

We left our mooring above New Marton Locks, Ben and I walking and Eric steering the boat. At first  it was quiet with just a few boats coming towards us but as we reached Chirk Aqueduct the fun began. A queue of boats was waiting to cross with seven boats coming towards us before we could even move a boat length. We then waited at the entrance to the tunnel as four more boats came through before we could go through.  As Froncysyllte lift bridge was raised already I offered to shut it after us so the two hire boats could carry on with their journey. We then stopped to fill up with water before queuing once again to cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. NB Bendigedig crossed it with some walkers  who didn't like heights walking alongside the boat so they couldn't see the drop on the left hand side. Turn left and the final stretch to Llangollen...... it was manic, the five boats coming towards us all got stuck in a very shallow section. At Sun Trevor we had fun with the passing places. Still more boats were leaving Llangollen surely it wouldn't be full?

My view tonight!

We decided to stop near the Lift Bridge (Bridge 44- which is always raised) for a couple of nights before going on to the mooring basin for our 48 hour paid stay. I am going to Newport for my dad's 84th birthday and Eric has a hospital appointment in Wrexham so we needed to stay a little longer. 


Sue Hunter said...

Hi Elsie. You passed us on your way up to Llan - we're back in our moorings at the Limekilns Fron. Can you tell me which mobile network you use to blog - we can't get a mobile signal at all in Llan (Vodafone). Thanks. Sue Beefur.blogspot

Elsie said...

Hi Sue,
I use a vodafone usb dongle with Vodafone Mobile Broadband. It's on an extension lead next to the window and works best if you moor online before the BW cabin. It says its Vodafone UK Edge in some places, GPRS in others. its frustrating when you can't get a signal.