|Lock keeper's cottage and our mooring where Armadio sits in the distance.|
|The former packet terminal basks in the morning sun.|
|More greenery now than our trip down two days ago.|
It was suddenly quite breezy here at the head of the junction and as we started to wind I could not get AmyJo to complete the turn and we almost ended up broadside across the arm. Quick thinking and muscle from Gary saved the day by hauling on our centre line to get her round. It took both of us hauling on the line to get AmyJo in but with Chris helming her astern and Gary and I heaving on the centre line AmyJo finally came to rest along the quay opposite Muleless and right next to the water tap. Huge thanks to Gary for helping out. Thats a pint I owe him when we meet up next.
After chatting for a while we could see signs of movement at the top lock so at 11:55 we got underway again. The bottom two locks were set ready for us and with the aid of the lockie we moved up to the pound where after a short wait we swapped places with a boat coming down and entered the staircase. We then learned we were the only boat coming up whilst 5 were going down. So busy is the Mont 5 boats is a lot in one day!
|Looking back from the lock we could see Muleless in the distance|
|Lokie helps us through the bottom locks|
|Entering the lower chamber|
|The junction looking toward LLangollen|
|Approaching Ellesmere junction and the services|
|Entrance to the Ellesmere arm seen approaching from LLangollen|
What I had not factored in was Tescos and the old warehouse form an inconvenient wind tunnel and the winding hole and with a good breeze already blowing my second winding of the day also failed. This time it was a simple matter of bow hauling AmyJo round onto the warehouse moorings as Chris re-appeared. Not my day for winding today!
We passed down the arm and got on our way again as we had a rendezvous to keep. At the bridge opposite the marina we met two hire boats coming the other way as we were half way through the 'ole. Luckily they were cautious and simply pulled in to let us pass.
|Last of the two hire boats pass by and the marina entrance to the left|
|Ellesmere tunnel portal|
|Walk way inside the tunnel is quite wide for a tunnel|
|Blake Mere and our mooring|
|while ahead..... comings and goings of a busy canal|
|Fantastic scenery around here|
|Mountbatten''s instantly recognisable bow hoves into view|
I will say Jon and Hannah give a very friendly and efficient service and it was a pleasure doing business with them. We chatted with them for some time about their venture and its clear they are very committed to their customers and business so intend to be around for some time to come. We wish them continued success. Having them trading on the cut has put a stop to the marinas monopolising the diesel supplies on the LLangollen. The good news is since they have started trading the high priced marinas are now starting to drop their prices too so everyone gains as a result.
|Hannah helps tie up alongside|
|Mountbatten can also supply coal and gas at very competitive rates|
|Hannah and John aboard Mountbatten|