3 nights on the Llangollen Canal.

When we arrived at the boat hirer, UK Boat Hire  and were shown around we realised we were following in celebrity foot steps.  Evidently, Harrison Ford and his

girlfriend had spent a vacation on this very canal, a few years ago!

Setting off from Wrenbury we travelled south towards the famous aqueduct and tunnel at Chirk.  Along the way the scenery was spectacular!  Rolling green hillsides, rivers and wildlife all around as we plodded along at 4 mph.

At Whitchurch, we stop and visit the Heritage Centre. All the family would enjoy viewing the various exhibits, especially the sand pit for young children. The centre has a craft facility for you to get involved or buy some art work made on site. Whitchurch also has a large unusally shaped building called St. Alkmunds Church, built over 200 years ago. It is well worth a visit.

Once past Whittington, we eagerly anticipated seeing the Chirk Aqueduct. This 710 foot long and 70 foot high aqueduct was designed by the Scottish architect, Thomas Telford. He cleverly used a cast iron trough to hold the canal water and disguise it with stone masonery! It was complete in 1801 and has 10 arches spanning the River Ceiriog. The views from the aqueduct across to Wales, are delightful!

In contrast, we go from marvelling at the open air scenery to almost being fully enclosed as we enter the 420 metre long Chirk Tunnel. It was the first tunnel in Britain to incorporate a towpath. Again Thomas Telford was involved in the design this time with the engineer, William Jessop.

All too soon our short canal boat holiday is over.  It was for 3 nights, although longer breaks are available. If you would like to find out more about hiring a narrowboat on the Llangollen Canal,  click here to visit Hoseasons boating holidays.

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