The real beauty of starting your canalboat holiday here is the available superb cruising. The Prees Arm itself is superb and whilst there are no locks, there are a couple of lift bridges – nothing to worry about as you only need you windlass to operate the hydraulic motors. The Arm itself is part of a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and guests can enjoy the special plant and animal life along its path.
Once at the end of the Arm, you can turn either left or right. Many of you will, of course, turn left and head towards the Welsh Mountains, Llangollen and the World Heritage Site, home to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This really is one of the most amazing feats of waterway engineering the world has ever seen.
The aqueduct, construction of which started in 1795, carries the canal and boats over 1,000 feet (307 metres) across the Dee Valley at a maximum height of 126 feet (38 metres). It took 10 years to complete and was opened to waterway traffic on 20th November 1805. It has nineteen arches all the construction materials used were sourced locally by the main engineers, Thomas Telford and William Jessop. This is a sight and experience not to be missed and one that will live you for a lifetime.
On the way, you will pass through Ellesmere in the Shropshire ‘Lake District’ though if you turn right, you will cruise towards Hurleston Junction and the Shropshire Union Canal. A few hours in and you will reach Whitchurch and then Wrenbury as you head towards the Cheshire Plain.
Whixall offers you amazing canal holiday opportunities and is open each year from March until the end of October for Hire a Canalboat guests. You can book a 3,4 5 or 6 night night break or a full week or fortnight’s holiday.
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You may wish to use the marina as a base or mix and match land based exploration with some cruising. You choose what best suits your canal holiday needs. Bring your favourite CDs and DVDs. Canalside pubs are great places to eat and relax while downing a refreshing glass of good ale. If you prefer your own cooking, there is a grill, oven, four burner hob and even a microwave.
Enjoy great support from the friendly Hire a Canalboat team. Their knowledge and advice is invaluable and they’ll patiently teach you all that they are able about “captaining your ship”. Set out on your cruise brimming with excitement and confidence. The small fleet of Whixall narrowboats are instantly recognised on the waterways with the winning combination of friendly colours and happy holiday crew. With such great ambassadors, we are all justifiably proud of the high levels of satisfaction enjoyed by our guests from all over the world.
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For more detailed information on the area please visit: www.shropshiretourism.co.uk/shropshire-canals
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