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17th - 19th September 2020 (2 nights)
From: Chirk Bank (Llangollen canal)
To: Llangollen Basin
Via Fankton Junction
Having merged the previous 2 trips together to create a 70th Birthday special cruise for a returning guest, we have found ourselves with a few days spare before the next folk join us on 22nd September.
Options were to either just be lazy or be creative and squeeze in a couple of 2 night trips over the World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct … Of course LOVING the area, we chose the latter.
We'll suggest our new guests arrive after lunch on day 1 and we'll chug off in the wrong direction intially (Ellis will be pointing the that way having already gone past the last winding hole) and turn round at Frankton Junction before heading back to Chirk – most probably stopping on route to top up the water tank.
The plan will be to spend our first evening together moored somewhere around Monks Bridge or (if we've made good progress), go over the Chirk Aqueduct, through Chirk tunnel, on through Whitehouse tunnel and perhaps moor just before Froncysyllte .
Next morning, after a relatively early breakfast, we'll set off and cross the World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Luckily the Skipper is better at heights than he is at tunnels so once (safely) over that, we'll perhaps pull into the Trevor basin to top up the diesel and/or pumpout out the blackwater tank. Following that, we'll turn and then begin the final part of the journey up to Llangollen Basin.
It's a lovely and scenic (if sometimes a little busy) journey up to Llangollen itself. Depending on opposing traffic, it should take us around 4 hours to reach our destination – perhaps stopping for lunch on route or pressing on and eating a little later if guests prefer.
If all has gone to plan, we should be moored in the basin (if there's room) or along the towpath on the approach to town by mid afternoon – thus allowing time for our guests to explore Llangollen, take a horse-drawn boat trip or have a walk up to horse-shoe falls.
The final morning after breakfast, our guests will depart to perhaps continue their exploration of the town and we'll ready the boat in preparation to reverse the journey with new visitors arriving mid afternoon. It's a fast turn around but with shoreline and water available will be easier than normal.
Chirk to Llangollen