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Jones boats and Erddig House

rain 17 °C

Today it was overcast and rainy. Welcome to Wales!! It didn't matter because it wasn't cold.
This morning we are having a trip down the canals on a narrow boat. It was terrific as there was only 8 of us on a long boat that probably held 40 or so.
The canals are 14 foot wide with the narrow boats being 7 foot wide. Squeezy to pass each other. The Aqueducts are only 8 foot wide so 1 at a time across.
The best Aqueduct is 126 foot above the River Dee and we went across by boat then went back and walked across.
The boats were traditionally used to ferry goods and services along the country side. The canals and Aqueducts are feats of exceptional craftsmanship and crisscross across the country very much like the canals around London. Well worth the ride. You can hire them to take a trip yourself and are well equipped for overnight stays.
Now they are mainly used for tourism even though lots are homes to people that live on the canals.
We then walked the area before heading off to Erddig House, a magnificent home on 1200 acres that dates back to the 18 century.
The owner donated it to the National trust. With over 30000 artefacts collected over the years by the family it is fascinating place to wander. In fact it was 3 hours later and we were some of the last to leave.
Original paintings adorned the walls as well as family possessions in each room. The gardens are beautifully kept and a pleasure to walk around though we didn't get time to venture all through out as the weather closed in on us again.
Another fantastic day of exploring and education.

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Posted by pjandc 10:13 Archived in England

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