My favourite holidays are when we go on my parent's canal boat here in the UK. We've had lots of fun over the years, but as my family grows the more cramped the boat becomes and sadly I fear that when the baby makes an appearance, we won't be able to go again as there is just no room for all of us. Something which will upset the children and the rest of us. Hubby and I enjoy going as much as they do and my parents love having us with them!
The one holiday I would have to choose though, is the one from September/October 2006, when hubby and I, along with our then 3yr old son and 18mth daughter, joined my parents on their canal boat "Sunseeker". Despite my being 6 months pregnant with my 3rd child, we had a fabulous time as we travelled along the Llangollen and Montgomery Canals.
|My late, beautiful dog Megan sunbathing beside Sunseeker the boat|
We had a lovely time and it was a great family holiday. I love how relaxed canal boat holidays are as you tootle along at 3-4mph, through beautiful scenery that you don't often see because it is so rural.
The Llangollen canal, in my opinion, is one of the best canal systems in the UK and my favourite (and I've been on a few different ones).
The Llangollen Canal starts just north of Nantwich where it leaves the Shropshire canal in rural Cheshire before entering Wales. It is 41 miles long and takes at least three days to cruise along the length of the canal to Llangollen, even more during busier times.
On the canal you can find, not just one but two impressive aqueducts. First you have the beautiful and impressive Chirk Aqueduct, which on any other canal would be a famous addition, but sadly as it's on the Llangollen canal, it is overshadowed by the more famous Aquaduct. Chirk Aqueduct has a railway viaduct running alongside alongside and a tunnel at one end, the Aqueduct was built in 1801 and the Viaduct in 1848.
|Chirk Aqueduct, Viaduct and tunnel at the end of the aqueduct|
|Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal|
|Crossing the Chirk Aqueduct whilst looking out for trains|
|My brave children weren't scared at all on the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct|
|Slowly crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct|
|Granddad steering the boat with Megan the dog|
|Daddy was too scared to travel on the boat and walked instead|
|Look how high we were|
|Daddy and his boy at Llangollen Railway station|
|With Foxcote Manor at the Llangollen Railway|
A train like taid used to drive
|This is where taid used to drive the train all the way home|
The marina is the end of the navigable part of the canal, although you can take a horse drawn trip (the traditional method of moving the boat) up to the famous Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe falls is where the canal begins, a man-made weir, shaped like a horseshoe and a beautiful spot.
|Horseshoe Falls at Llangollen|
|Montgomery Canal (blue is the navigable sections)|
|Daddy and his babies on the Montgomery Canal|
|The boy enjoying his ride along the Montgomery Canal|
|Helpful boy opening the paddles to fill the lock|
|Opening the heavy lock gates to let the boat in|
|Daddy fishing but what is he fishing for?|
|YAY He found it! He caught daughter's juice cup!|
|Happy baby! Enjoying her holiday on the canal!|