There may be no more pleasurable way to see a beautiful part of The uk than to take a leisurely trip on a narrowboat along the Llangollen Canal. The pathways of The uk wind their way through some of Britain’s most scenic country and you can stop along the way wherever you wish. You may want to visit one of the local communities or tie up at a canal-side pub for a pint and a friendly yarn Eryaman lavabo tıkanıklığı açma.
Pathways were the major means of transporting goods in The united kingdomt from the sixteenth century to the mid 19th century, when railways started to control. By the mid 20th century very little valuables was being carried and some of the little used pathways started to fall into disrepair. In the latter area of the century, tourists and holidaymakers started to recognise the sweetness of the pathways and take advantage of the leisurely pace and relaxed style of canal holidays.
In company with two friends we set out from the Swanley Bridge Marina near Nantwich, in Cheshire, and started our journey along the Llangollen canal towards Wales. The narrowboat was very clean and comfortable with it’s own shower an lavatory, separate accommodation, and everything we needed in the galley. We soon mastered how to operate the locks and entrances and to raise connections. Life on the canal is certainly very relaxing as you travel along so slowly and apart from the occasional lock to negotiate, or bridge to lift, there is little to do except enjoy the scenery as you pass by. The pace is slow, but at no time did we feel bored as there is plenty to see along the way.
The canal locks are created to raise or lower the degree of the water in an encased section of the canal, the lock, to allow boats to go to another level of water. Lock entrances have to be swung open at one end of the lock to allow the boat to come in. There is just enough room for one narrowboat at a time to enter the locks on this canal. The entrances are then closed behind the boat and valves are opened, by personally rotating them, at the other end of the lock to allow water to flow in and raise the water in the lock, to the level at the other end. As soon as the water level inside the lock and outside in the canal, are equal, the entrances at the forward end can be opened and the boat can proceed returning.
Apart from the locks, there are some connections that need to be raised, as well as many expense connections and three tunnels on the canal. However the highlight individuals journey on the Llangollen Canal was bridging the two aqueducts, near the town of Chirk, that carry the canal high above the nearby country.
The more expensive of the aqueducts, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, carries the canal 1007 feet (307 meters) across the River Dee valley. It is 126 feet (38 meters) above the river Dee at it’s highest point. A cast iron trough, just wide enough for one boat, holds the water on the aqueduct and there is a narrow path beside it. Most amazing is that construction of the aqueduct started in 1795, and completed in 1805. All the work it is fair to have been carried out in your hand : an amazing achievement.
The narrowboats travel at about four miles an hour so there is the required time to see and luxuriate in the passing scenery and wonder about the people who live in the occasional canal-side houses or surrounding farms. If you feel like stretching out your legs, you can talk a walk along the path next to the canal, and satisfy the boat.
There is always something to attract your attention in the ever changing scenery. Wildflowers grow profusely along the banks and birds flit by among the timber and hedges. Zealous geese and flowing swans are always looking for something to eat, and we saw herons, kingfishers, robins, yellow wagtails, and we heard other about the canal. On one occasion we moored near a flowing heavy steam launch whose passengers were enjoying an outing on the Llangollen Canal.
When it is time for lunch or stop for the night, there is usually a nearby pub where you can enjoy a drink or a hearty meal, and interesting towns or communities to visit. Your favourite memory is of a very pretty community, Wrenbury, where our visit coincided with it’s innovative and amusing scarecrow competition. It was here too that, on our return trip, we enjoyed our last night’s dinner at the Cotton Arms Hotel, which combines excellent food with friendly service, in accordance with the other canal side discos we visited.