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    • Day 17


      July 31, 2023 in Wales

      Wir waren auf einem campingplatz in chirk. Die besitzerin war hin und weg, total glücklich ihre ersten schweizer persönlich begrüssen zu dürfen. Und fand Christas englisch sei exzelent🤣🙈 naja wenn sie wüsste das die meisten schweizer viel besser darin sind.

      Wir beschlossen noch das Äquadukt und Viadukt anschauen zu gehen.
      Heftig diese Bauwerk, diese Höhe und der schmale wasserlauf wo schiffe durchreisen.
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    • Day 97

      Chirk Castle Gardens

      August 6, 2018 in Wales ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      The gardens were neglected during World War II. They were revived almost single-handedly by Lady Margaret Myddelton, who moved in with her husband after the war.

      There is a beauty around every corner of the garden!Read more

    • Day 108

      On the way to Cardiff

      August 1, 2016 in Wales ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      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

    • Day 20

      Back to Chirk

      September 5, 2017 in Wales ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      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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    • Day 7

      Day 4 and our slow return home

      May 9, 2019 in Wales ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      Last actual day on the barge, need to get back to Pontcysylte Aqueduct, will need to queue up for our turn and return the barge in top condition by 9:0 am.

      This is a particularly memorable day as I spontaneously booked my ticket (2nd row) to the Dara O'Brien comedy show in Malta!!!

      Just before we got to our mooring spot I got to raise and lower a bridge for the first time, it's the little things that make me smile :)

      We stopped just outside the Aqueduct and walked across to the pub for some dinner, last of the pub foods... Oh they will be missed
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    • Day 97

      Chirk Castle, Wales

      August 6, 2018 in Wales ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      Built in 1295 when this area belonged to England, it was a defense against Welsh invasion. Now it belongs to Wales since the border changed. Chirk Castle is remarkable for having been lived in for over 700 years. The current owners use it as a holiday residence, but the public rooms are available to visit.

      On display in the Cromwell Room are some really old weapons from the English Civil War (1642-51). The last picture is a plaster frieze from the same period, making it the oldest interior decoration in the castle.
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    • Day 97

      More Castle Rooms

      August 6, 2018 in Wales ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      The library contains so many old books, including a Bible in Welsh. The owners didn't just collect books, they read them!

      The Long Gallery contains the fantastic King's Cabinet, given by Charles II to Thomas Myddleton for his loyalty. The bedroom is called the King's bedroom, but it is doubtful that he slept in it, as it was on the side of the castle that was receiving battle strikes at the time!Read more

    • Day 5

      The Leaving of Llangollen for Chirk

      September 13, 2023 in Wales ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      An early start to the day to try to ensure no oncoming traffic met in the three sections of canal that were just a boat width. I went out a runner, as the early morning mist rose from the canal, to manage any oncoming traffic. The plan worked with just one boat needing to be given way to.

      Although we were followed out by two boats, a stop for breakfast paid dividends later. Now, having been overtaken by the two boats, we were able to follow them through tunnels and across Chirk aqueduct before mooring in Chirk for our overnight.

      After lunch and a quick vac up, we walked into the village to replenish milk and wine supplies. Ann found a sewing shop, 'Ooh it's open!' . We returned to the boat across the aqueduct with our supplies but on foot this time.
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    Chirk, Чърк, Y Waun, Čerkas

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