Dave H. Trip Leader
Conrad C, Assistant.
Hannah S, Report Writer,
Jai A, Assistant 2.
On Sat 22nd July 5 Nomads went to Wales.
A trip that has been long in the planning. We finally made it to Wales ( to embark on a 3 night camping and kayaking adventure along the Llangollen canal from Llangollen to Whixall, approximately 31 miles in total. 11 miles of which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It has been a dream to kayak over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (known as The Stream in the Sky); the highest navigable aqueduct in the world at 38m above the river Dee, and the longest aqueduct in the UK at 307m long.
We also visited Horseshoe Falls, crossed the Chirk Aqueduct and paddled through 2 tunnels, one of which was 400m long, headtorches were essential as there was no lighting. It was quite a spooky experience!
For the entire adventure we were surrounded by picturesque countryside and breathtaking engineering as we paddled under some beautiful canal bridges.
We carried all of our gear on and in the kayaks and stayed at camp sites for the first and last night and wild camped in a farmers field on the 2nd night (with prior permission).
The canal crosses the border between England and Wales and we spent the last night camping in Shropshire.
It was a fantastic experience to do this trip and we met some really lovely people along the way. Bring on the next adventure!
Write up by Hannah S