9th - 11th June 2021 (2 nights)
From: Chirk Bank (Llangollen canal)
To: Llangollen Basin
Via Fankton Junction
As already mentioned, we've decided to devote much of our 2021 season to the Llangollen Canal... as the year marches on, the canal is renowned for becoming busier. With that in mind, rather than feel under pressure to get from A-B-C-D with time constraints, we're going to break it up into shorter sections that always include The World Heritage Site that is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (we're going to HAVE to learn how to pronounce that)...
We'll suggest our new guests arrive after lunch on day 1 and we'll chug off in the wrong direction initially (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 should be easier than normal.