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What I did during my summer holidays! July 16, 2015

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Off on an Odyssey

Off on an Odyssey

Please excuse the longish intermission between blogs! I’m back in the ‘land of speeding Internet’ after an all too brief odyssey along a few gorgeous canals in the UK. Now that I’m back, I’m hoping to share with you some of the sights and sounds I experienced along the way. (I’m determined to make this holiday experience last as long as possible.)

Since anticipation can be a delightful part of a trip,  this year I took more time to study the maps and potential routes before we left. There is a large network of historic canals, most of which are navigable. The map shows only canals – no roads. They were the heavy freight highways of the  1800s.

A map of most of the UK canal system.

Canals, no roads, on this map!

It’s hard to decide on which area to explore, but it was made a little easier by the anchoring geography of our various relatives who planned to join us. Last year we completed the Llangollen Canal , lured by the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct. This year our main options were two circular routes, either the Cheshire or the Four Counties Ring. There are a number of excellent guide books with detailed information about the routes, the number of locks, the estimated travel time, the availability of water, canal side pubs, shops etc.

The decision was made and the boat hire location chosen. Then the wait. Ooh, the wait…The hire company we used.


One Response to “What I did during my summer holidays!”

  1. Thanks for the ride through the canal, relaxing!

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