Thursday, 25 September 2014

Chirk Aqueduct

Untied FL from the bank at 08:00 the morning was cool but without rain. We soon cruised through Frankton Junction where the Montgomery connects to the left. More of the same scenery wise, rolling and distant hills with green pasture land to the waters edge. The Berwyn and Breidden hills are a hazy backdrop on the horizon to the west.

New Marton Locks are busy with almost all the traffic heading east, I'm expecting Llangollen to be empty when we arrive tomorrow. High over the river Ceirog on the Chirk Aqueduct we cruise with the impressive viaduct running parallel carrying trains to Shrewsbury and Chester.

At the end of the aqueduct a sign welcomes us to Wales here the 459yd Chirk tunnel, once through we are in a steep wooded section which takes us onto a high aqueduct overlooking parkland and the River Dee where we will moor overnight, we will do the main attraction tomorrow.

While dinner was being prepared I took a walk to Trevor which includes a walk over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. It is truly a marvel of canal engineering, I am in awe of the men that conceived the idea of a canal in the sky and the men that built it, I and a coach load of Japanese tourist walk along the towpath, 120ft above the Dee valley, we all take lots of pictures.

On the way back I followed the signage to the Aqueduct Inn high up on a Froncysllte hill overlooking the canal and had a glass of Three Tunns Ale.

I had 17 photos to put on the blog tonight but the connection is too slow so just the one for now.

That way to the Montgomery Canal.

On the Chirk Aqueduct with the viaduct running alongside.

Leaving the Chirk Tunnel

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pint in the Aqueduct Inn

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