Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tuesday 31 May - Chirk and Pontcysyllte almost

The train to Chirk was scheduled to leave at 0924 while the 30% reductions only start from 0930. Our train arrived here on time but sat with our full fare tickets in the station until 0935.  This is one of the devious tricks played by Arriva Trains Wales, a German company running the trains on behalf of the Welsh government. We were ten minutes late arriving at Chirk in fine weather and set out walking along the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal to the Aqueduct at Pontcysyllte.  The plan was to have a drink and possibly a snack at Pontcysyllte before walking back to Chirk. We enjoyed watching the families of ducks with small ducklings dashing everywhere and managing to keep out of the way of the many canal boats passing by.

Walking along the level path was easy. We had come prepared with flashlights for the tunnel and made good progress until we reached the aqueduct only to learn that the footpath had been closed after somebody had fallen to their death early this morning. We had no option other than to return to Chirk.

This is as close as we could get.  We had walked across last year and I was disappointed although the footpath is not for those who do not like heights.

From inside the tunnel
At Chirk we walked into the village and went for lunch at the Hand Hotel.  The food was quite good but very very slow indeed.  Evidently the Hand Hotel needs a few more hands in the kitchen.

The train back to Shrewsbury had just two coaches and was full.  Arriva Trains Wales needs an extra coach in each train.

Click here to see all pictures taken this day

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