You’re in for one of those rare treats in this post. Not many accompanying words, more a superb selection of some of Barry’s images from our recent journeys in North Wales.
The photo above is one of our favourites – who would live in a place like that?
Not much room for cyclists on the narrow towpath across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct!
The basin at Trevor – a quiet and secluded spot for a day’s fishing
A tight squeeze to get into the basin through the Anglo Welsh boat hire parking
A delightful stone wall – an old version of a stile maybe?
Vibrant colours of the boat bows
Castle Dinas Bran – the ruins of it anyway. We were tempted to walk to the top and look at the spectacular scenery, sadly we didn’t make the time or find the energy!
Capturing a moment – a pleasurable walk
Spine tinglingly spooky!
Same scene, colour and movement added. Wonderful
The lift bridge as you approach Llangollen is permanently raised – beautiful scenery with the Welsh hills in the background and the golden evening light
The fairytale town of Llangollen
The trip boats waiting for the start of the season – these are horse drawn along the canal to the Horseshoe Falls
Llangollen Basin – hardly anyone moored here for a change. Once the season starts this will be full most days
A delightful walk to the Horseshoe Falls
Walk a short way further and the magic increases
Dating from the 7th century, Llantsyllio Church grounds are bathed in a blanket of snowdrops
Can you see the fairies in the tree? Look closely …
Walking back to Llangollen Wharf
The Chainbridge across the fast flowing River Dee
Recently refurbished, The Chainbridge Hotel perches proudly on a precipice overlooking the River Dee – how amazing would it be to stay here?
Maybe one day we’ll return and stay in the luxury of the hotel – that sounds tempting!
And from a different perspective …
Cafe right by the side of the Dee!
A last lingering look at the River Dee and Llangollen Station
We’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to re-visit this gorgeous place – even more so that the moorings included free electrical hook up (and a ‘proper’ toilet)! What a blissful few days we had.
Admittedly we also experienced a few challenges, such as our poor broken toilet – you’ll be relieved to know that’s all fixed now thanks to Barry’s ingenuity (though there’s a hidden story in there about how he made it worse before he made it better, but I’m saving that one for the book!); and I dropped my Barclays Visa card on the first night we were there – someone handed it in to the branch thankfully, though there’s another story about the debacle that followed when they cancelled the wrong card that I shan’t bore you with here (the intricacies of getting post when you live aboard a boat make such incidents more interesting!).
But what would life be like if it just ran smoothly all the time? A certain amount of manageable stress is what keeps us awake and alive. You never know what the next day may bring …