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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Last day on Llangollen

Our 48 hour mooring at Llangollen Basin came to an end, so we untied the mooring ropes for the trip back to Trevor. As it was a bank Holiday the tow path had plenty of fishermen trying their luck in the canal. A few of them were very reluctant to lift their rods out of the canal as we slowly made our way towards them. Walkers strode out briskly and many had dogs joyfully exploring all the exciting smells on the tow path. One particular boat caught our eye. It was garlanded with white satin ribbons on the bow, and had a large "Just Married" sign on the stern.

Just Married

To further enhance our Ponty experience, Derek took us back over the aqueduct. The furious wind made the trip a little scary, and the pedestrians on the aqueduct were walking across rather aphrensivley. Turning around at the winding hole, we did the return trip with Robin at the controls. Luckily the wind had dropped so that made the crossing much easier.

Robin at the controls on the aqueduct

Taking an after dinner walk in the early evening, we wandered down to the basin again. A bright light pierced the darkness as a boat slowly started it's crossing over the aqueduct. Slowly but surely he made his way towards us. No wonder he did it so easily in the dark, he was a local.

Pontycysllte Aqueduct became a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1958, and is also a Grade 1 Listed Structure. The aqueduct and the surrounding canal is the UK's 2008 nomination of a Worlds Heritage Site. The proposal will be examined and a final decision made in 2009. Surely it must be successful.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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