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Chief Seattle (1786–1866) leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes


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Llangollen (Collen's Enclosure)

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Llangollen, Llangollen Canal.

1. The view upstream from Llangollen Bridge
2. The River Dee thunders past 'The Corn Mill'.
3. Llangollen railway station from The Corn Mill'.
4. Horseshoe Falls.
5. Llantysilio Parish Church
6. Our quiet berth.

We left St Martin and made for Llangollen, stopping west of Whitehouse Tunnel for a night before heading across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct and joining the Llangollen Canal proper.

The run into Llangollen is a feast for the eyes as the hills rise and fall as a backdrop to the tree lined slopes of the Dee Valley.

On arrival we moored in the canal basin and over the next three days dodged the rain as best we could to make our way down to the town to shop and enjoy a meal or two, which I had no choice but to accompany with some good beer. The 13th century Corn Mill pub and restaurant was a great place to sit and watch the swollen River Dee thunder past virtually underfoot.

Our last full day saw us walk the towpath to the source of the canal at Horseshoe Falls and follow the riverside path up to Llantysilio Parish Church overlooking the River Dee. Snowdrops,in abundance, had sprung up in the churchyard amongst the tilting headstones, adding to the atmospheric charm of the place.

On our return we dropped into a pub to warm ourselves in front of a blazing logfire and partake of some liquid refreshment.

Leaving, we climbed a steep path back up to the canal above and the comfort of wilvir tucked into a sheltered corner berth of the basin out of the wave-making wind that had arisen.

The following morning we awoke to snow on the ground and clouds, heavy with more, descending into the valley, which started to release their cargo as we prepared to leave. But leave we did.
16th Feb 2014, 20:12  

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shitake says:

Wow, fabulous, really atmospheric set!

18th Feb 2014, 01:39

LynnDouglas says:

Love those snowdrops!

19th Feb 2014, 07:21

MaggieD says:

Lovely set of photos and always appreciate accompanying text :)

22nd Feb 2014, 19:11

Barbara Halsall(barbieh44-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

We found your website and loved your blog, you have a wonderful way with words, I think we may be heading for Llangollen next winter. Lovely to meet you both today, pity we got moved on but will continue to keep up with you via the blog. I love my earrings, next time we meet I will have some more.
Now we are in Wheelock, moored up, dinner in oven , Mike in BW shower, bye for now, Barbie n Mike, Bramble Cuttings

21st Mar 2014, 18:27

Toddy says:

Lovely part of the world

28th Apr 2014, 12:07