what a great fortnight. A trip through Chester, up the Shropshire Union canal, all the way to Ellesmere Port. The trip through the huge Chester Northgate lock staircase was made much easier travelling through with an historic working boat. There were loads congregating at Chester for a rally at Ellesmere Port over the Easter weekend. We enjoyed the canal museum at Ellesmere Port and the impressive view of the Shropshire Union canal, the Manchester ship canal and the Mersey.
On the way back through Chester the working boats were very impressive.
We had a lovely Easter Sunday with David and Jane before heading off on Easter Monday up the Llangollen canal. Highlights included having a go at bell ringing at Wrenbury, finding a fantastic hardware shop in Whitchurch, Chirk Aquaduct, horseshoe falls and of course the world heritage site that is the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct. 1,000 ft long, 127 feet tall, consisting of an iron trough supported by 18 stone piers.
On the return trip we also enjoyed the northern bit of the Montgomery canal and the Preese arm. All lovely and very tranquil.
Now we’re off on the next leg. Back on the Shroppie.