Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wells to Wales

This is the B & B we stayed at in Wells, an example of many we have stayed at.  They are great accommodation with great food.

MH Wells, Whitchurch, Wales 001

We had a big day’s ride of about one hundred miles on Monday and ended up in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Mr & Mrs Shakespeare had a little boy called William.  We got to our B & B  just before a rain storm.  We went for a trip in a tour bus (not on the open top) in the rain and once it cleared we went for a walk.

JH Stratford Upon Avon evening 005

Shakespeare’s birthplace.

JH Stratford Upon Avon evening 009

A meal in a glass in the oldest pub in town (which was followed by a delicious meal).

JH Stratford Upon Avon evening 031

We had a stroll along the first working canal we have come across.

JH Stratford Upon Avon evening 040

The boats are really colourful.

JH Stratford Upon Avon evening 051

On Tuesday we just headed north with no particular destination in mind.  We ended up at Whitchurch, which is where many tower clocks have been made since the 1600s.  They are still made here now.

JH Stratford to Witchuch Wales 031

There are lots of black and white buildings.

JH Stratford to Witchuch Wales 034

We are staying two nights at Whitchurch so we could have a day ride into the north of Wales today.  There are lots of tractors on the road carrying grass for silage.

JH Stratford to Witchuch Wales 044

We ended up at Llangollen, which is the home of the Eisteddfod.  There is a canal running through the town and we took a horse drawn canal boat ride.

MH Wells, Whitchurch, Wales 010

Stan the horse and his handler just plodded along beside the canal.

MH Wells, Whitchurch, Wales 031

It was very relaxing.  One horsepower.

MH Wells, Whitchurch, Wales 017

Then, on the advice of Dave, who owns the B & B, we headed up Horseshoe Pass, a popular motorcycling road.

JH Stratford to Witchuch Wales 129

At the top we had lunch at the Ponderosa Cafe – lots of motorcyclists coming and going.

JH Stratford to Witchuch Wales 126

Then on the way home we came across the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct.  There are eighteen spans and is 126 feet high.  It took ten years to build and was completed in 1805 and is a World Heritage Listed site.

JH Stratford to Witchuch Wales 153

The canal runs across it.  There is a narrow path and handrail on one side and nothing at all on the other.  It is only just wide enough for the boats.

JH Stratford to Witchuch Wales 151

Tomorrow we head to Liverpool ready to sail to the Isle of Man on Friday morning.

1 comment:

  1. I love those canal boats. Have fun across to the Isle of Man! Mark is green. ;-)