Chirk Castle

Yesterday was another warm one for our visit to Chirk Castle. It was an eventful day, as we took the dog for a walk prior to setting off for the castle, only to find a narrowboat untethered (pins were missing bar one), and floating away from the bank. A call to CRT and also managed to secure the boat with one pin till someone came to it’s rescue. That was our good deed for the day. Picnic made we set off about 10am as we were aware the castle was approx 1 and a half miles from the canal. We followed the road and then found a walkers signpost that said to the castle. As always these signs take you in the general direction, then seem to disappear. So we carried on in a straight line till we saw the castle grounds in view. This took us uphill over fields

walking through a field full of these beasties!

walking through a field full of these beasties!

Easy we thought we will get into the estate grounds and make our way to the castle entrance; not so we encountered a haha which we duly climbed up, but unbeknowns to us a gardener saw us and by the time we got to the gate we were famous for having invaded the castle!

after climbing the haha we encountered Hercules

after climbing the haha we encountered Hercules

We were threatened with the dungeon

not a place you want to stay too long in

not a place you want to stay too long in

but allowed to first have coffee and a sit down. The climb up to the castle was quite tiring and we are sure it was more than the aforementioned distance. The castle was started in the 1300’s as a defensive one but never saw any action. It was bought from the state in the 1500’s by the Myddleton family, and they still own it today, though they only use one of the towers for holidays, the land has tenants and the remainder of the building is managed by the NT (visit number 4). A few photos follow of our visit.

Stately home area and cortyard

Stately home area and cortyard

inside one of the oppulent rooms

inside one of the oppulent rooms

Trying on some very heavy armour..guess who is inside?

Trying on some very heavy armour..guess who is inside?

Castle exterior which has been built on over the years

Castle exterior which has been built on over the years

Front entrance

Front entrance

and finally the front gates that are closed to the public to enter the estate

and finally the front gates that are closed to the public to enter the estate

Our adventure didn’t stop there. Oh no. We were given a map of the estate to help us with our walk back to the canal. Again follow the blue signs the map said; what happens when the blue signs disappear? We got lost momentarily. We finally found our way out onto a road and managed to flag down a passing motorist to ask directions. Kindly she offered us a lift back to Chirk, which we were grateful of (sharing the vehicle with 2 dogs and a child, and the various items that go without saying with that mix). We made it back to the canal and stopped for an ice cream from the sweet boat. We must have walked about 8 miles in total, and were “cream crackered” by the end of the day. Needless to say tea was thrown together last night!

Today we shuffled along to the next 48hr moorings for the night, and plan to head for the Montgomery canal entrance as arranged to descend the lock flight on Monday (has to be pre-booked). We will have to empty 3 cassettes by then; we hardly ever use our 3rd cassette, but due to a hire boat being moored on the elsan disposal at Llangollen wharf, we couldn’t get in to do the deed. A bit of washing will be done along the way as there is a water point en route.

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