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For the first time for me and the fourth time for Mrs Pd we ventured onto a Canal.( The Llangollen). we hired a boat from Middlewich Narrowboats. We managed to get all the way to Llangollen although it was hard going as many of yo may know the canal has a current. Anyway what I am asking is which canal should we venture onto next year. We are based in Bedfordshire so travelling is not really a problem. Any suggestions. The wife wants to try the Kennet & Avon with the famous Caen Hill fligh. What do members think?
If possible - on YouTube maybe - watch a few of the Great Canal Journeys with Timothy West and Prunella Scales. Excellent series, very informative and interesting. You will get some good ideas for next year.
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it depends upon how much exercise one wants. "Rings" are a good way to go. The route takes you in a circle, so the vista is always changing; albeit slowly. Leicestershire ring, Black country ring spring to mind. Have a look at some canal boat hire company sites. They describe these rings. I say exercise as distance is measured by lock-miles. Whereby locks count as one mile in terms of travelling. This enables one to plan, as long as there are no queues for the locks. An out and back route I did a few years ago included the tardebigge lock section. This was where canal boating as a leisure pursuit started. The lock section is challenging, but satisfying and there are always other boaters looking to give a helping hand.
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This message was edited by waterbuoy on Sep-18-16 @ 5:49 PM
The aqueduct is indeed awesome. On the way up my wife who was at the helm had a panic attack of sorts as the previous night she had dreamt that something had gone wrong as we were going over. On the way back there was a force 5 or 6 blowing west to east down the Dee valley. Our boat was being blown against the side of the trough. As I mentioned there is a " current" flowing down the canal. To give you some idea going up through the Chirk Tunnel took about 20 mins. Coming back down took us about half that time. I will try and post a pic taken from the aqueduct