Thursday, 23 September 2010

September Cruise - Day 7

Today was supposed to be a non-traveling day, being tourists in Llangollen.  But the discovery of a damp patch on the carpet, which we traced to a leaking water pump, meant a change of plan.  Norbury Wharf arranged for Anglo Welsh at Trevor to have a look, but they had to do it today as tomorrow is changeover day for the hire boats.  However, we managed to fit in a couple of touristy things first.

We walked up to Horseshoe Falls on the River Dee, where the water is diverted into the canal.  As it's world Heritage Week for the aqueduct area, the Meter House was open.  This is where the water is controlled, and was fascinating.  Under the floor is a huge pipe which narrows and then widens again, in order to draw water from the river.  16 million gallons a day is taken for the canal.

Brian and Mike decided to go into Llangollen and walk down to Trevor, while we set off on the boat.  Once there, we had a pump out and got some diesel, and an engineer had a look at the water pump.  He replaced a seal and tightened things up;  we'll keep monitoring it to see whether it's worked.

We moored through the bridge in the basin, and went for a walk down below the aqueduct to view it from river level.  We had to wait ages for a boat to go across!

The weather swung wildly between heavy rain and warm sunshine.  In the evening, we went to the Telford Inn for steak pie.

4 miles, 0 locks.  (75 miles, 48 locks)

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