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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 we do for travels.

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

    From the airport, we got a taxi to Leeds train station, then a train to Manchester where we changed train and headed to Chester and one last train change to get to Wrexham, (I did say we go to lengths for our travels).

    Once in Wrexham we walked around, it is a very pretty place and I could happily spend a couple of days here exploring, if we had the time, after quick bite to eat at the Crafty Dragon (don't ask) we made our way to the Hotel

    At the hotel:

    Catching up with everyone was great fun, the excitement for tomorrow's wedding can be felt by all and I don't think we have ever all been together at 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's 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 off 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 at 10 am is a lot more of a work out than first expected but the views were worth it.

    Once back on lower ground we made our way to Norton to get our barge, since it was late afternoon we didn't have far to go, although, 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 few bridges and tunnels including 2 that were 191 yards and 459 yards each! We 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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  • Day20

    Back to Chirk

    September 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Day108

    Stop just before aqueduct

    August 1, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Once through the mountains we stopped off at a small town about 20 minutes away from the aqueduct. This pleasant little village was a hive of activity even though it was Sunday. We had seen a steam train further along the river and this was it's station. I will try and get photos off google and put them in another footprint.Read more

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