Montgomery canal

This is a short stretch of restored canal that originally went to Newtown.

Frankton locks the start of the Montgomery section

Frankton locks the start of the Montgomery section

Two thirds of it has been restored and boats can travel a seven mile stretch to Maesbury Marsh. Unfortunately for us though there had been a breach in the embankment by Aston locks, so passage was closed until further notice. We booked to go down Frankton locks on Monday, and once down found a quiet mooring and stayed 48hrs, as weather colder and rainier, and we got on with some jobs in the boat(sealing window frames, cleaning brass, changing bedclothes etc etc.

Initial mooring spot. The boat behind moored permanently as only has a licence for the Montgomery.

Initial mooring spot. The boat behind moored permanently as only has a licence for the Montgomery.

We moved down further to Queens head where we had to turn. It was a bit noisier here as nearer to the road, but we walked to Maesbury Marsh to see the bit we couldn’t travel by boat. The businesses here are suffering a bit with the canal being currently closed, so a horse boat operates if enough people to ferry customers back and forth (a bit expensive for us though).

The Navigation Inn at Maesbury Marsh

The Navigation Inn at Maesbury Marsh

After we walked back (5 miles round trip!) to the boat we showered and decided to treat ourselves to a meal at the Queens head pub. It turned out to be an excellent meal (paella their signature dish), washed down with some local brew. Thursday we travelled back to the Weston branch moorings where we started from, and as the weather was improving decided to have a BBQ (the first we have had this season).

Travelling along the Monty. It is in serious need of tlc as very overgrown in places.

Travelling along the Monty. It is in serious need of tlc as very overgrown in places.

Another view of the overgrown canal bank

Another view of the overgrown canal bank and Perry aqueduct

Barbie to end the day....magic

Barbie to end the day….magic

On our walks around this area we have seen more wildlife and flowers. It has been deemed an area of outstanding natural beauty, so any work on the canal has to be decided with English Nature, and the local council. The breach that is waiting to be repaired since the beginning of June, is awaiting these decisions. Finally they are due to start work on this at the end of July. On chatting to the lockkeeper yesterday it transpires that some local people don’t want boats along this stretch of canal, which is probably why it has become so overgrown. Such a shame as it could be a jewel in Llangollens crown. Now follows some wild flowers for July.

Common knapweed

Common knapweed

I think could be a common spotted orchid

I think could be a common spotted orchid

Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet

and finally a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

and finally a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

more wildflowers…….

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Tufted vetch

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Musk mallow

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Yellow Loosestrife

Tomorrow we will move a little closer to Ellesmere. We are hanging about a bit as we may have visitors next week-end, and need to be near a car parking area for them. Also Tesco is close there and provisions are low.

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