Narrowboat Trip on the Canals of
England and Wales
May  2002
Renting a "narrowboat" for a week with Ron and
Gert Van Putten, we travelled slowly (4 mph)
from Middlewich, England to Llangollen, Wales on
the Shropshire Union and Llangollen Canals and
back. The distance covered was approximately
112 miles round trip, and included going through
25 locks each way and through 3 tunnels and over
2 major aqueducts.

Link to the narrowboat company we rented from
The "Hazel"  - 57 feet long, 7 feet wide
our home for a week
View from the stern of the "Hazel"
Tied up at the bank for the first night
Approaching one of the
many very narrow bridges
A pedestrian lift bridge that
we have to operate ourselves
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Typical scene along the
canal in the Welsh hills
The River Dee 150 feet below us as we
cross over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales
Ron and Gert working a
lock on the canal
Ron at the helm as we meet
and pass another narrowboat
Hump-back bridge framing a
pedestrian lift bridge
Getting on board in the
rain at Ellesmere
Threading the needle
through another bridge!
At the helm in the rain - another
brief but rare shower
Lunch on deck courtesy of
Carole and Gert
Following another boat
approaching the Chirk
Aqueduct
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