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Chirk

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day108

    On the way to Cardiff

    August 1, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    We are back tracking slightly today on our way to Cardiff. The scenery is very reminiscent of new Zealand in many ways. Sheep, fields and green. Trees line the roadways though and you are often driving through their darkening shelter. The roads wind their way through countryside interspersed with homes. The odd village is passed by. We stopped for morning tea at a little village off the tourist track called Builyth Wells. Quaint with narrow streets, and shops right on the pavement. Very few of the shops have awnings or similar shelter from showers. Found a lovely tea place and got myself "cream tea" which is clotted cream with jam, butter and sugar served on lovely plate and china tea pot. People seem so friendly and helpful.Read more

  • Day7

    Last of the Locks

    April 13 in the United Kingdom

    Another later start this morning, we were ready to cast off around 10:30 but a sudden rush of traffic meant we were delayed a little from moving off. This was not a problem as we had made sure we had plenty of time to cover the remaining distance on our last full day. Andrew spent quite a while driving at tick-over to build a gap to the boat in front.

    After the junction for the Montgomery Canal we paused for lunch to give us energy for the two remaining locks a little further on. After lunch we dealt with these locks like a well oiled machine. We targeted Chirk Bank for our final mooring but a combination of road noise, pubs and other boats meant we pressed on. So we crossed Chirk Aqueduct back into Wales, Andrew on the boat and Sarah on foot, and then bumped and scraped the 459 yards through Chirk Tunnel (with Sarah back on board). There is a 2mph flow on the Llangollen Canal; when travelling through constrictions such as bridges, aqueducts and tunnels this flow slows the boat considerably and makes steering very difficult.

    Our next choice of mooring was full and the next one was right next door to a large timber factory, very noisy. Thankfully we found a mooring right outside the marina where we need to return our boat tomorrow morning. At least we don’t have to worry about getting the boat back on time.

    Vegetable update: Today we spotted quite a lot of lettuce leaves floating down the canal, accompanied by a couple of leek leaves. Sarah is a little disappointed not to have seen any carrots!
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  • Day20

    Back to Chirk

    September 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Leaving Llangollen this morning the sky is looking a bit greyer than yesterday. The neighbours were heading off early so they would get a clear run down the narrow sections, and when we heard them go we thought we may as well follow. Turns out quite a few people had this same idea and the one way section had more of a holdup than yesterday at lunchtime. Never mind it didn't take long and we had a nice run down to Trevor.

    We pulled up at Trevor and walked across the aqueduct, till almost halfway (ok well maybe I only made it a little way) man it's high and even where there's a railing the gaps are huge.

    Another eerie, foggy ride across the aqueduct, and on then down to Chirk! We parked were we hoped was the closest place to the Castle. We've been in the Uk for three weeks and haven't seen a castle yet. We have seen them just haven't visited one. Had a toss up whether to get the bikes off or just walk. Seemed like it would all be uphill, cause nobody builds castles in the valley do they? So we opted to walk.

    Found the gates ok and then followed where we thought the signs pointed, after a little way, no more signs and we weren't sure if we were on the right track or not. We flagged down a Jag going past, who just waved and keep going, Arsehole!

    The next car a cute little convertible Merc, pulled up for us and yes we were on the right track and would we like a lift. You bet we would, lovely man! Thank goodness, it was still a fair way up to the castle.

    We saw the Jag guy when we got there and Graham made himself know to him. Told him we were only after directions. Ha ha he kept trying to talk to us every time we ran into him.

    Our national trust membership got us free entry, Yah. this castle is 700 years old and what a beauty it is. They had all the staterooms open and volunteers in all the rooms to give you a bit of information, or answer any questions. It was amazing and we throughly enjoyed it, the staterooms, the tower, the dungeon and the gardens.

    We spend about three hours there, which is well above our usual attention span! We'd lost our friendly driver though so had to figure out how to walk back to the boat. Getting direction from one of the gardeners, it seemed like we could walk straight down the hill to town. Wasn't quite that simple, but certainly quicker then following the road!
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Chirk, Чърк, Y Waun, Čerkas

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