Llangollen - 2000...

It's a better place to be!

I had last been up the Llangollen in 1994 and I fancied going back to the canal where I first fell in the wet stuff! I started off from Broken Cross, near Northwich, on the Trent & Mersey, heading up the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal before getting on the Shropshire Union main line. It was then just a short cruise to the junction with the Llangollen Canal at Hurlston.
Once you get on the Llangollen you soon realise why it is so popular with boaters, particularly hire boaters, as the scenery is quite beautiful. Passing up through Wrenbury and on to Willymoor (Where I first fell in the canal in 1994) you reach Grindley Brook with it's superb 3 rise, staircase lock and excellent canalside shop. I then went down the locks at Frankton on to the Montgomery Canal. Currently only the first four miles are open from Frankton but what a lovely four miles they are. It'll be great when more of the Monty has been restored. Whilst on the Monty I met two families from Australia and we spent the next few days together. Real top people. Meeting new people is one of the great things about travelling on the canal. From Frankton it was on to Ellesmere and then Llangollen where I moored up for a few days. Llangollen is a lovely little place with plenty of pubs so I was happy!
On the Monday morning I left Llangollen to make the return journey to Broken Cross.
68 locks and 131 miles is a nice, gentle trip in a fortnight and a good time was had.