Sunday, 24 April 2011

1st Day on the Monty

You can't lock down the Monty before 12.00am and we arrived in good time putting us first in line
The Frankton flight is pretty and immaculately maintained by the very affable and knwledgeable lockkeeper, Colin.

Every lock was set and the gates open for us with more advice and information than we could possibly absorb

We decided not to go far (after all there isn't much of it) and moored on the left on the other side of the Perry Aqueduct - that is until G went off to investigate with the dogs and found we couldn't get off!
So we reversed off and moored 'before' on the towpath side.
Daisy, however, delighted in the warmth from the aqueduct paving and thought it was tremendously good fun to roll around and threatened to fall through the railings to the rocks and stream below!
before crashing out in her day bed on the well deck
The dogs and I sat in the sun and read (well, I did; the dogs just slept) whilst G fished until he lost the end of his pole on the far side, so we cast MR's stern adrift to retrieve it.
Sue on NB Beefur sent a message at 2.00pm to say that the 85th boat had just passed her on the Llangollen branch - out tally on the Monty was 3 passing boats, one walker and one couple dog walking. That's a plan come together then. After dinner we took a stroll with the dogs in the setting sun.



  1. We absolutely loved the Monty, even though we spent only one night down there. You must go to The Navigation at Maesbury Marsh -- fantastic food, and very friendly. Even in September, we found it a bit of a shock returning from the tranquility of the Monty back to the hire boat madness of the Llangollen.

  2. You are sooo right Adam we lunched there today; some of the best food I've EVER eaten. We're meant to be leaving tomorrow, but will play hooky and re-book our departure in the morning for another week.