The Llangollen Canal
Wrenbury - Welsh Frankton

The Alvechurch Hire Base at Wrenbury Mill.

Lunch was taken at the Cotton Arms just down the road from the lift bridge.

Stavanger Fjord leaves Wrenbury through the busy electrically controlled lift bridge.

There was a queue to use the Grindley Brook staircase locks but with the crews from the various boats all helping each other short work was made of the locks once we got going.

Evening was well on its way with the trees silhoutted against the bright autumnal sky.

The staircase locks photographed from the road bridge on the way back from Llangollen. A lengthy delay ensued here while the crew of the BWB work boat in the lock dealt with an obstruction behind the bottom gate.
Fortunately we were at the front of the queue.

At Ellesmere, a short arm leaves the main cut to serve the town of Ellesmere. There are plenty of moorings on the arm and it is a short walk into the town.

The arm terminates in a wide winding hole flanked by old canal cottages and offices. The noisy dairy has now closed making this a quiet secure overnight stopping place.

Looking back down the arm from the town, a canalside crane and the Shropshire Union Railway and Canal Co. warehouse give an impression of what the area looked like in the canal's heyday.

Close-up of the warehouse.

Moored boats on the Ellesmere Arm.

The junction is dominated by the origianl canal manager's house.

Walking into the town we attempted to have lunch in the Black Lion but were just a little too late. However, we had a couple of pints and then went in search of food ........

....... which we found at reasonable cost in Pete's Sandwich Bar. Tasty hot basic english cooking was the rule here.

More history in Ellesmere in the shape of this Victorian post box.

Back on the main line, we took water at the BWB yard. Most BWB work boats that we saw were in the new (or some would say, old) blue livery.

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Gerry Cork - March 2003
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