This is a list of headline and extended period events that are worth an early mention. Join Merseyside IVC members llangollen canal map pdf a week’s canal cruise, starting and ending in Middlewich, Cheshire. It will travel out for three and a half days then return. In all there will be seven nights afloat.

If you are interested then time is of the essence. 100 deposit is required by the end of December. Merseyside IVC has paid the deposit from club funds so we have eight berths. The balance is to be paid before the end of January.

The tight financial schedule is very necessary as we may wish to hire a second vessel. If the deadlines are passed and you wish to go then do contact the organiser as there may be space on a second boat. The price per berth is overstated with intent to reimburse if the trip is fully subscribed. We have the Fjord Viscount, which sleeps eight, and six berths are already booked. 250 will pay for a boat if only five go. The balance must be paid by the end of January 2018. If more than eight people subscribe then a returnable deposit will be taken from the ninth person pending the subscription of a tenth person and the booking of a second vessel.

Most of its route is through unspoilt agricultural countryside, but with just enough locks and waterside villages to add interest. As the canal winds its way into Wales, it also features outstanding scenery and some world famous aqueducts. Leaving Middlewich by way of an arm of the Shropshire Union Canal, the route has fine views over the valley of the River Weaver before making its way directly through an area full of Shropshire’s ‘black and white cows’ to the main line of the canal. Here a short deviation would take you to the ‘black and white buildings’ of Nantwich. Turning off at Hurleston Junction, the Llangollen Canal itself then ascends a short flight of locks and sets off across open country, winding its way through Wrenbury under quaint old wooden lift bridges.

It is worth pausing at Marbury for a short walk up to its remarkable church. As a bonus, several of the locks on this section have good pubs adjacent. At Willeymoor you don’t have to walk at all, because there’s a delightful pub slap bang alongside the lock. Gradually you have become used to locks, but at Grindley Brook half a dozen come all at once, the top three being telescoped together as a ‘staircase’ which can be something of a bottleneck in the summer season, especially on Thursdays when all the boats that have travelled towards Llangollen from the English end of the canal are busily heading back to base. Passing briefly in and out of Wales, and crossing the mysteriously remote ‘mosses’ the canal reaches Shropshire’s ‘Lake District’, skirting several of the charming meres which were formed hereabouts the end of the Ice Age. One of them, Blake Mere, is separated from the canal by the slenderest of margins, and makes a beautiful spot for a picnic. A short tunnel precedes Ellesmere, a timeless old town with some particularly good shops specialising in local produce.