Friday, 17 July 2015


With a certain amount of trepidation, we slipped out of the Trevor arm at 8.50 this morning and commenced the turn onto the final stretch of the Llangollen Canal. The reason we were unsure how the day would go, is because the Nicholson's Guides in their navigational notes, advise against commencing this section of canal if your boat draws more than 21 inches. Our boat draws at least 30, possibly 32 inches, and I had visions of getting stuck halfway, blocking the canal at the height of the holiday season. You will be pleased to know, and we certainly are, that Nicholson's are wrong. Yes we bumped along the bottom in a couple of places and the final narrow was painfully slow, barely inching along on tickover. Other than that, not much else to report on our short, four mile incident free journey. We only met a couple of boats on the way and the basin at the end had plenty of room. So we are now all secure and plugged into mains electric for our two day stay. The Icebreaker mentioned in yesterday's post had also made it.

                                                    The landscape is becoming increasingly hilly.

                                                        The hills above Llangollen ahead.

                                     Single passage only at this point but the water is crystal clear.

                                                      The final narrow towards Llangollen Basin.

                                                                   All secure in the basin.

                                                                     The town of Llangollen.

                                                       Llangollen bridge crossing the river Dee.

During a walk round the town we found the railway station, and tomorrow we are in for a real treat. Llangollen to Corwen and back by steam train, including a trip to the famous Horseshoe Falls, the source of the Llangollen Canal.

Totals 4 Miles

Running total 347 Miles 161 Locks 14 Tunnels


  1. Glad to see you made it all the way to Llangollen. Maybe we will do it next time.

    1. We nearly didn't try because of the depth issue, but we are glad we did and the guide book is definitely wrong. Having done it once I would not hesitate to do it again.