If you’ve never steered a narrowboat before and want to hire the Shropshire Lass or the Shropshire Maid to explore the Llangollen and Montgomery Canals, you’ll need to know how to work a lock safely.
This video from the Canal & River Trust shows you how it’s done. We’ll explain it all again when we meet and greet you at Lyneal Wharf. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKVinUvtVFM.
Although the navigation and towpath over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct will be closed to enable repairs to the cast iron handrail to be safely carried out until Friday 19th March, you can get a good sense of crossing it on foot from this video clip. This is a favourite adventure for hirers of the Shropshire Lass and the Shropshire Maid.
Sit back, relax and immerse yourself with our virtual experience of thebreathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site.
Chirk Tunnel News
A reminder that the towpath through Chirk Tunnel and across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal have been closed for winter works and are due to re-open on 20th March 2021. We hope we’ll be allowed to send the Shropshire Lass and the Shropshire Maid out from Easter onwards, depending on Government decisions in England and Wales of course.
Welcome to this year’s Santa Cruises!
Santa Cruises are designed primarily for children and include a trip along the canal, approximately 45 minutes, during which there will be music and refreshments.
On return to the Wharf cottage both adults and children will meet Santa in his Winter Wonderland.
Cruises are taking place on Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December.
They start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets are £8 per person, maximum 12 places per cruise.
Adults to be kept to a minimum, just sufficient for supervision.
To book: download the booking form (link below) and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the Terms and Conditions prior to booking.
Places on a cruise will be only be confirmed when both a booking form is received, and payment is made.
Payment can be made by cheque made payable to Lyneal Trust to the address on the booking form or
direct into the Trust’s bank account: Nat West 55 50 05 Account 55924131 quoting the party leader’s name as reference.
Saturday 5th January saw the Annual Winter Walk for the Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA). Led by Lyneal Trust volunteer Steve Bristow (extreme right of photo in his gilet jaune), the short walk started and ended at the Morris’s Bridge NNR car park and included a stretch of the Llangollen Canal which most volunteers probably know quite well. The group had lunch at the Whixall Marina Café (https://www.lyneal-trust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Whixall-Cafe-Leaflet-August-2018.pdf) which is rapidly becoming a favourite lunch destination for day trips aboard the Shropshire Lady.
Details of the Walk can be found at https://www.waterways.org.uk/shrewsbury/pdf/whixall_walk_jan19 and is taken from the Whixall Walks booklet http://www.whixallparish.org.uk/Whixall%20Walks%20Book%20v8%20final.pdf where it is Walk No. 10. A short video clip can be found on the IWA S&NW Branch’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/388651831206061/posts/2497751363629420/.
Our Open Day is an ideal opportunity to see first hand the facilities the Trust offers. Come and see the specially adapted canal boats, cottage and chalets at Lyneal Wharf.
The Wharf will be open between 11am and 3pm.
If you are interested in taking a day trip or a holiday come and see what is available.
Chair of the Trust, Chris Symes, explains that we are also hoping to recruit new volunteers:
“There are plans to build at least 1 new boat and we are looking for more volunteers to help run the life-changing service. The facilities we offer mean a lot to the people who are coping with all sorts of challenges. It is amazingly rewarding to see what a positive effect our boats and cottages can have and we would love more people to join in and help us”
New recruits will undertake tasks such as skippering a canal boat on a day trip or meeting holiday groups on their arrival at the wharf. All training is provided.