Messing About on a Boat
I suppose it was inevitable we'd hire a narrowboat whilst on holiday: memories of long past holidays where we'd gone on an annual 'booze cruise' with friends were reactivated by looking out over the Llangollen canal from our holiday cottage and waving madly to all the narrowboats passing by. Then we found there were several boating festivals being held and a trip to the first one at Maesbury sealed our fate. That and our proximity to one of the seven wonders of the UK canal system: the famed Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a prospect so tantalisingly close that we knew in our hearts that just a trip to see it would be nowhere near enough.
A few enquiries at the boat festival revealed that a trip to Trevor (or Trefor in Welsh) was the best place to go and hiring a boat for the day would be easy peasy so long as we chose to go midweek. This wouldn't be a problem, so then we kept a close watch on the forecast to see which day looked the most promising weatherwise. We only had to wait a couple of days for everything to be set fair.
We had a wonderful time and here's a short video clip of our ride back to base over the aqueduct. Hear NAH mumbling in the background and the wind blow! See how a mere six inches of pure iron and no railings stop us from tumbling to our fate! Marvel at how far the River Dee is below us!