We set off about 8:30 this morning; the forecast was for 40mph winds later in the day so we wanted to be moored up in Llangollen well before then. We had waterproofs on ready for the showers, but by and large the weather was sunny and dry, if a little blowy. The scenery around here is as pretty as a postcard.
Passing through the narrows, there’s only room for one boat so it’s advised that someone walks ahead to make sure the way is clear. I got a bit distracted taking photos, but luckily Sarah did stop another boat from starting onto a 500m section until we’d popped out the other side. Rosemary did a cracking job helping Sarah on the couple of lift bridges we pass through.
We reached the basin in good time, and were pleasantly surprised to find a bit less than half full, so plenty of room. By happy coincidence, we moored up in the exact same spot as four years ago!
Llangollen was very busy with tourists. Between Thomas the Tank Engine, horse-drawn boat trips, and a festival (more on that tomorrow), there’s lots for people to come and see and do.
The River Dee runs through the valley, and is ultimately the source of water for the canal. It was great to see some people enjoying it to the full doing some white-water rafting. They were cracking along pretty fast!
We took the more gentle option of a walk up to the horseshoe falls where the water is pumped from the river and into the canal – all controlled by computers these days.
Back to Oliver for lunch, and then we walked into town. I got a newspaper and headed back, whilst Rosemary and Sarah did a bit more browsing around the shops. There are lots of temptations – cakes, ice cream, fudge, chocolate, sweeties, pastries, you name it they have it!
We had a lovely meal out in the evening courtesy of Barry, at The Corn Mill pub with lovely views of the river. After dinner we then walked back up the hill to Oliver ready for showers and bed.