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  • Day26

    Arnside to Wrexham

    September 27, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    We’re in Wales!!!

    Had breakfast at a very quirky little coffee shop in Arnside - the Moochin’ About cafe. It really poured rain today so we stuck to the motorways. Just a quiet day spent driving in the 🌧 . We are staying in a nice Ramada hotel tonight.

    Tomorrow to Bedford.

    Ohh just as well traffic signs in Wales are bilingual- see below.Read more

  • Day97

    Chirk Castle Gardens

    August 6, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    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!

  • Day97

    Chirk Castle, Wales

    August 6, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    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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  • Day97

    More Castle Rooms

    August 6, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    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

  • Day113

    Day 113: Liverpool via Pontcysyllte

    June 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Time to leave Wales, after a great 10 days or so travelling through. We've both really enjoyed our time here, and it's got a lot more variation than I think either of us were expecting. Good history, great beaches, friendly people, and of course the green hills, sheep and rain that you'd expect!

    Had a host-provided breakfast and another chat before heading off around 11am, a bit later than planned! Still quite stiff and sore as you'd imagine from our exertions the previous day. Today's mission was driving to Liverpool, via a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal.

    First stop though was Betswy-y-Coed, a pretty little village town surrounded by mountains and rivers. We parked up and had a quick look around, but it was raining pretty steadily and didn't feel much like exploring. Instead we popped into one of the many many outdoor gear shops in town, where I bought some new hiking shoes and a rain jacket. Figured that travelling into northern England, Scotland and Ireland, I was definitely going to need both!

    Back in the car, where the 90 minute drive passed fairly uneventfully, though it was raining fairly heavily in places and we weren't feeling super enthused. Pontcysyllte (pronounced pont-ke-shith-te) is a large aqueduct built entirely of cast iron and wrought iron, the largest in the world. It was built as part of a larger system of canals and aqueducts to ship heavy goods like coal, copper and tin from the mines in Wales to the dockyards in Liverpool and Manchester.

    Unfortunately, despite the incredible engineering involving in getting parts of it built, it was about 40 years too late as the expanding railway network sounded the death knell for canal transport.

    Nowadays you can take a tourist boat across the aqueduct (which is impressive, at several hundred metres long and about 40 metres high), but we declined due to the rain. Did some filming, but neither of us were overly impressed with the site itself. Painfully descended a walking track down to the river level for a good view of the aqueduct, but the viewing trail was closed off for health & safety reasons (there was a guy doing gardening). This country is ridiculous sometimes, they close off an entire walking track because of one guy with a wheelbarrow.

    Back to the car, where we drove another couple of hours north-east into Liverpool. Made a couple of wrong turns but eventually found our accommodation, a spare room in a large terrace house with a couple our age. Had a good chat with them about the election taking place today, before we headed out to walk Schnitzel at a nearby park.

    He had a great run around on the grass, and we then went to a nearby pub our hosts had recommended. It was sadly a bit of a let-down, since the kitchen closed at 7:30 (!!!) and we had to make do with cold meat platters. And there was a guy playing piano and singing, which was fine except Schnitzel HATES rounds of applause, so at the end of every song he'd bark his head off. Oh well.

    Walked back home and made a slight detour to George Harrison's childhood home, in the block behind our house. Very disappointing, not even a plaque or a sign! Just a normal house in a normal street. Oh well. Back home and off to bed, looking forward to exploring the city tomorrow.
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  • Day1

    Getting there

    May 3, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Got collected at 4:15 am, yes you read that right! 4:15 am .... the things we wdo do for travels.

    It being stupuid o'clock traffic and the airport were failry empty, we sped through security and settled in for the long trip to Wrexham. Our flight to leeds was on time and uneventful as per usual I slept nmost of the way, the insomniac who sleeps like a baby on planes and trains with easy may I add... there is some irony in there somewhere.

    We got a taxi to leeds train station, then a train to Manchester changed train and headed to Chester and one last train change to get to Wrexham, I did say we go to lenghts for our travels.

    Once in Wrexham we walked around, this place is very pretty and I could happily spen a couple of days here exploring, howevrer a quick bite to eat at the Crafty Dragon (dont ask) and we made our way to the Hotel

    Catching up with everyone was great fun, the excitment for tomorrows wedding can be felt by all and I dont think we have ever all been together are the same time before, at least not anytime that I could have been old enough to really remember.

    We had a lovely dinner, drank lots of gin and did not manage to have an early night ahead of tomorrow wedding! Day one down let the holiday commence :)
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  • Day4

    Bell Tower and Barge Day 1

    May 6, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Early starts while on holiday should not be allowed, but alas early start it was; lots of packing and loading the car then set of for one last meet up with the Welsh clan.

    We met in front of St. Giles church and started the tour of the bell tower. 151 steps up a winding narrow flight of stairs and 10 am is a lot more of a work out than first expected but the views were worth it.

    Once back on ground we made our way to Norton to get our barge, since it was last afternoon we didn't have far to go, in barge world far is not exactly far, you could actually walk the distance just as fast, but that's the joy of barge holidays.

    We crossed Pontcysylte Aqueduct and a a few bridges and tunnels including 2 that were 191 yards and 459 yards. Stopped at lions Quay for dinner. Back on the barge we had a few gins and some family chatter down memory lane.
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  • Day108

    On the way to Cardiff

    August 1, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 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

  • Day7

    Day 4 and our slow return home

    May 9, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 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 9am.

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

    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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  • Day2

    Wedding Bells

    May 4, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Day started with a good and proper breakfast, because when in Wales do as the Welsh do!

    Relaxed and explored the hotel all morning in preparation for the wedding celebration, and a good thing too as this wedding went on till the early hours of the morning and I made sure to dance every minute of it!

    What I love about family weddings is getting to catch up with family you haven't seen in a while, this was even more so as we got to meet up with family who live overseas so we hardly get to meet at all, that being said, this particular family are probably some of my absolute all time favourite people, would not have missed this day for the world!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Wrexham, WRX, Графства Рэксем, Рексъм, Kontelezh Wrecsam, Wrecsam, Wrexham County Borough, Co-chorp Coontae Wrecsam, רקסהאם, レクサム, 렉섬 주, Reksamas, Wrexham grevskapsdistrikt, Рексем, Wrexham Coonty Burgh, 雷克瑟姆

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