We had heard about the amazing aquaduct that had boats going across a bridge 200' in the air. It seemed the thing to go for so we looked about and came up with http://www.ukboathire.com/wales.aspx. If you look at the Llangollen route (which is a dead end canal) and then extend the trip into two weeks you would find the small town of Anderton, south of Manchester and snuggled next to Northwich (not Norwich). Anderton is a hub of UKBoat Hire with a complete rebuild marina.
If you liked this article, the continued trip is described here (Part 2, click here).
If you want to see a photo tour of the boat we were on click here.
We had just done a two week B&B walking trip in Scotland and then trained into Northwich and got on the boat. See the last bit of Count Ferrari's blog on Isle of Skye and Fort William. For a good canal boat walk through, see the Canal Boat Description.
This blog starts about 3 days into the trip. Somewhere there is a hidden Leisure Log of going to Nantwich which was way fun.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010: Nantwich to a bit beyond the Hurleston 4 locks. 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM travel day on the canal (not a brutally long day…).
|Pretty Polly in the Nantwich center square.|
I know I was tired of driving at the end of the day and couldn’t wait to make popcorn and settle down with my book. Nap after. Dinner was soft tacos prepared by the Countess. Very tasty! It is wonderful to be able to eat one’s own cooking. That may be one of the better reasons to do a boating experience like this.
If one is sitting on the very bow in the open air, and approaching a blind corner or bridge you can easily get a blast of the horn in your ear! The driver usually cannot see past the upcoming bridge and needs to signal their intent on coming through. The girls thought they heard another horn early on the trip, but I think we are the only ones blowing our horn regularly and probably sound like a charter (or hire boat) doing something inane.
We shall see if we can do that in a day. After that we have 4 travel days to cover 50 miles and 23 locks IF we are going to be able to explore Chester, the only city in the UK with it’s ancient wall intact, maybe even dating back to the Roman times. We still want to arrive in Anderton to make a run up and down the Anderton Lift. This is supposed to be unique, like the Falkirk Wheel. We shall see.
You can NOT turn a 55’ boat around in 54’width of canal. I tried and failed this AM. I was nearly wedged bank to bank. At the bow end was a nice bit of smooth steel canal lining and at the stern end was a big tree trunk, growing out into the canal by 6” or so. One way of turning around is to stick your boat nose onto the bank and then crank the helm over and gun the prop. It just doesn’t work if one is less than half way turned….