Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30

And we bid farewell to Wales after a great tour of Chirk Castle. However, the day was not without a little drama… Last night, I thought I had a fortunate coincidence: Chirk has a lightweight ring of 6 and they … Continue reading

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April 28

Llangollen, Wales Wow. We journeyed from Chirk, over the Chirk aquaduct, which is alongside the railway viaduct. Very impressive tall arched masonry. Gorgeous setting, then immediately into a tunnel. The canal is now very different- either perched on the side … Continue reading

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April 27

We are in Chirk- the ancestral ‘home’ or fortress of the Mortimers- who in the 1380’s were a powerful, ambitious, and well regarded family. Edmund and Roger (of various generations) were the Earls of March, and the Welsh Marches was … Continue reading

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April 26

Nicole (my daughter)¬† has arrived! I travelled from Nantwich to Rugby by train and a wonderful friend who picked me up and then fed me lunch as well (thanks¬† Pat!)at Braunston. Then I drove to Gatwick airport and stayed for … Continue reading

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April 20 Happy Easter!

I’ve arrived near Nantwich, which was the intended destination for the moment. Arggh. Major jazz festival in town this weekend, so absolutely no moorings. OK. Onward to Barbridge junction to turn around, and find a place. All good- except the … Continue reading

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April 18

Things have moved along- some planned, some just because. I’m on the Shropshire Union Canal, having moved through the Excitement of The Birmingham Main Line canals. There are two: the old and the new. This is because in the early … Continue reading

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April 15

The Stratford canal is now a memory. I passed the great Cadbury chocolate works in Bourneville, but decided that I would wait for a tour of the “Chocolate World” museum until I had someone along who might appreciate it more … Continue reading

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April 13

New territory. After spending yesterday morning helping Nick get his lighting sorted out on his boat, he spent the afternoon helping me ascend the Hatton flight of locks. These are a significant challenge as they are wide locks (two narrowboats … Continue reading

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April 12

I am presently in Warwick, having navigated from Braunston over the past 2 days. Been fairly busy with lots of heavy locks, but I’ve had a chance to do them with a friend, Nick, and his boat ‘Pendragon’. Sharing the … Continue reading

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April 11

“we’re on the road again” Well- not exactly the road, and not so much we, but I am again cruising, having completed most of the boat work , and said my goodbyes to the wonderful friends that I have made … Continue reading

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