Experience the famed Llangollen Canal on a relaxed journey to the picturesque market town of Ellesmere. Enjoy the beautiful meres around Ellesmere, tackle the Grindley Brook Staircase Locks and explore the expansive Whixall Moss Nature Reserve. Don't forget your binoculars, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen, either from the Mammoth Tower or the birdhide at Charles Sinker Fields. The quaint village of Wrenbury is also a great place to stop and visit one of the popular pubs.
One of the most popular routes, the journey from the hire base to Llangollen and back, could be done in one week by an active crew or enjoyed over 2 weeks for more relaxed cruising. There are 26 locks each way. Highlights along the way are the Grindley Brook staircase locks at Whitchurch and Whixall Moss. The latter is a designated SSSI and provides several trails that cross this raised bog. Ellesmere, with its several meres, is soon reached. After passing through Whitehouse Tunnel, you’ll soon reach another highlight of your narrowboat holiday: the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The aqueduct is truly one of a kind: 1001 ft long, 126 ft high, - no handrail on one site. At times, it feels like you are floating in the air. You’ll catch your first glimpse of the Welsh hills, a truly spectacular sight. Now you have time to take in the Welsh landscape and just enjoy your cruise until you reach Llangollen.
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