Sunday, 25 September 2011

from Ellesmere to Nantwich

Monday 19Th we stayed at Ellesmere today in the morning we had a walk round the town in the afternoon we had a walk over to The Mere on the way there we went up a mound which used to be a Norman motte and bailey but is now home of two crown bowling greens and is old of the oldest in the country next to this was st Mary’s church and square tower,




Also there is a sculpture trail which is good this one was done for 2011 called stairway to heaven




, there are quite a few more around the town it is worth checking  out the website www.ellesmeresculpture.co.uk .
also while walking round Ellesmere we came across this sign on the side of a house what does it mean ?

Tuesday we heading for the junction to Press Branch we did not leave Ellesmere till about 12 as it was raining in the morning, when we moored up we saw a fabulous sun set



Wednesday left our mooring about 10.30 it was a little windy but ok had to help a hire boat out which had gone aground and moored up just before Grindley locks, I filled up a few cans of fuel from the garage paid 79.5p/l not to bad at mo

Thursday we went down the locks after 9 quite a few boats still about we went back to Wrenbury which is a nice place to moor , Friday the weather was good and we had a lovely day on the cut and moor up just pass Platt’s bridge , in the afternoon I had a walk and came across this bear



Saturday we went down Hurleston locks and turned right back to Nantwich as Chris was coming up to see us, he got here in the afternoon it was good to see him
Sunday we stay at Nantwich as there was food and drink festival in the town it was very good lots of food to try www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk while out we saw that there was a football game ALL STARS V MAN CITY /MAN UTD LEGENDS in the man utd team were Arthur Albiston, David May, Peter Davenport, Clayton Blackmore, and Frank Stapleton
Man city Andy Dibble, Nicky Summerby, Asa Hartford and a few more can you name them,








 it was a good game ending in a 3-3 draw

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Montgromery and Llangollen canal trip

Hello everyone  sorry we have not posted for a while but here goes we will try and keep as short as we can,
From last post we heading for Market Drayton going under

high bridge and pass a very nice old car


and pass the old chocolate factory wharf
 the last time we came here was when we did our helmsman course with TR boat handling and we really glad we done that ,
We moored up and went into the town for some shopping quite a well packed town.
Thursday 11/8/11 we moored just after Adderley locks which was 4 mile and 5 locks ( hard day ) not really just building up for the Audlem flight of locks which we did on Friday so we did 13 locks and moored up just past the shroppie fly pub must say lock 12 was fun.
Saturday 13/08/11 we headed for Nantwich were we had planned to meet our friend Ju so we did 6 miles 4 locks and had a walk round the town on Nantwich
Sunday 14/08/11 today we headed for the Llangollen canal



 we moored up at bridge 6 after doing 4miles 4 locks there was not many boats about .Monday we heading for Wrenbury nice little village , Tuesday we carried on and stopped just be for Grindley locks  which 3 are staircase.

Wednesday saw us go up the locks and head for Whitchurch for some shopping quite a walk from the arm to shops once we got back we carried on to Whixall moss once moored we had some lovely hire boats come pass us at top speed
Thursday we heading for Ellesmere nice little arm we did 8 mile today (think to many)
Had a look round Ellesmere town not bad
Friday we heading towards the Montgomery canal but had to moor up just before as we had booked to go down the lock on Saturday
On Saturday we moved to the top lock and in front of us was Nb George


Nb George engine room
 had a nice chat with them
The lock keeper got to the lock at 11am on Saturday and let us down the locks they are quite deep and the lock keeper has to let water in from 1st lock into 2nd lock as it does not hold enough water which was fun,

Fankton locks





 it was good to see a few plaques


 about WRG who done a lot of restoration of the Montgomery after we got down the Frankton lock we moored up at the Weston branch nice mooring
Sunday we heading further down the Mont after going through the Graham Palmer lock this was named after the founder of the wrg(waterway recovery group)


this canal is very lovely and quite
We moored up at Queens’s head, again nice mooring but a noisy road but sometimes you have to put up with traffic. Monday we went down to were we were going to moor up for a couple of weeks while we do some canal restoration, while moored up we had a kingfisher come and perch on our front rope







 While moored up we went into Oswestry nice town, Tina went into Shrewsbury on the bus which took 1 and half hours and went nearly into every little village on the way ever went into Knockin ( where there is a village shop called The Knockin shop).
We had a good week with the wrg and meet some old and new friends and had some fun and did lots of hard work but well worth it

from this to below in four weeks

the way ahead
,we have put the photos into a album link below
https://picasaweb.google.com/100000107663759500230/MontgomeryCanal?authuser=0&feat=directlink
We left our mooring on Monday 05/09/11 we only went round corner as we need to go to the shops ,Tuesday was very windy so we stayed where we were and we went wood cutting ready for the colder nights
Wednesday we set off for the bottom of Frankton locks ready to go up on Thursday
On Thursday we went up the lock there were quite a few boats about but we just took our turn up and then we carried on to just be for New Marton locks  last ones on the Llangollen canal till Llangollen
Friday we set off only to be in a queue up the locks it was quite windy and some boats where having fun mooring up befor the lock once we got through the lock we went on to Weston Rhyn, had a walk round the village found a stone circle (when we go back will take some photos as my camera is not working)
Saturday we heading for Trevor on the way we went through two tunnels and over a few aqueduct one being the famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct




below is a link to a lot more photos

 which was very impressive , after we moored up we had a walk around and watch a few boats going over the aqueduct and turning round or turning toward Llangollen which was fun in the wind . Sunday we stayed at Trevor for the day had a good walk round on the wharf in the afternoon there was a scarecrow fun day



Monday we stayed at Trevor as it was very windy

Tuesday we carried on to Llangollen the canal was very lovely and narrow in places








 , we moored up in Llangollen basin in the afternoon we had a walk round the town very nice ,the river Dee was flowing well , there was a steam railway there as well

River dee and Llangollen station

llangollen steam train

River Dee

River Dee

River Dee
Wednesday we walk to horse shoe falls which is where the Llangollen canal

start of llangollen canal

horseshoe falls

horseshoe falls
 , in the afternoon i walk up to the old castle which you can see from the canal it was quite steep ,



poncysyllte aqueduct

go for it




Thursday we left Llangollen and heading for Trevor basin again and moored here for the night , we are hoping to be at Ellesmere for sunday

 






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