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“Very Relaxing”

Llangollen Wharf Boat Trips
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Here at Llangollen Wharf we run a variety of Boat Trips along the Llangollen Canal.We have a warm and welcoming Tea Room full of delicious home made goodies made from fresh locally sourced ingredients.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose the 45 minute horse drawn barge trip. It was so peaceful; gliding silently along, watching the scenery, local wildlife and waterside homes pass by. Very relaxing.
We had a very tasty lunch in the café afterwards. A great visit.

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the full two-hour trip up the horse-drawn-only section of the canal from Llangollen Wharf (a few yards from the town centre) to its junction two miles to the west with the River Dee (from which the Llangollen Canal draws its water). Other boats cannot traverse this 'feeder' stretch, because there is nowhere along its length where they can turn around; our horse-drawn vessel however did not need to do so: only the horse on the towpath did, and he had plenty of room! Despite being towed however, the boats still have to be steered (from aft), and at each end of the trip the tillerman (or lady) simply unships the entire one-piece tiller / rudder contraption, walks back round to the other end, and slots it in place there for the return (the boats are pointed at each end and thus effectively have two bows but no stern). So a fascinating operation to watch in its own right.
As you progress upstream (for there is indeed a current), the only sounds are the rippling of the water against the hull, the barely-audible cheeping of tiny ducklings as they frantically try to keep up with their mother, and the clip, clop of our motive power's hooves (the magnificent creature in charge of our particular journey by the way rejoiced in the name of Harley; a sad misnomer perhaps for such a beautifully quiet beast?
At the westernmost end of the canal, it narrows to the point that it is only just wide enough for us. To one side, the towpath; to the other, the rocky vertical valley side through which the canal was hewn, and from which vegetation caresses us as we pass. Some skill at the tiller is called for as we navigate these final narrows, but no need to be alarmed at the inevitable occasional scrape!
Our outward journey ends at the moorings adjacent to the Chainbridge Hotel, which is worth a visit (or indeed - speaking from experence - a stay!) in its own right. Here you have half an hour before departure back to Llangollen - ample time to stroll the remaining couple of hundred yards on to the Horseshoe Falls junction with the River, return to the hotel, and then walk across the recently-restored Chain Bridge from which the hotel took its name.
Or, if the boat trip has been simply too exhausting for you, you could enjoy a pint of real ale in the hotel bar . . . .

The only reason I didn't award full marks to this attraction is that our outward journey unfortunately happened to be marred by frequent and piercing outbursts of loud barking by a dog brought on by other passengers. I do not know for any certainty, but their absence on the return assumes they walked back; perhaps - I speculate here - as a result of a gentle suggestion from the crew?

3  Thank Trotmangang
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 16 of us went on the afternoon trip on Thomas Telford and had a Welsh Cream Tea - we had also brought our own Prosecco (with permission beforehand from the owners) as this was my friend's hen night. It was lovely. Everything from booking to checking in and paying for the trip itself was made easy and we were made to feel very welcome despite being a bit noisy (sorry Tom if we disrupted your commentary and apologies for all the other passengers).

A truly wonderful afternoon - and the scones were amazing.

Thank you - Diolch

Thank Elin A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great way to relax and chill for 45 minutes. The staff are very friendly and when asked about the horses, they were very knowledgeable. The horses seemed to be very well looked after and not mistreated in anyway and they actually seemed to enjoy pulling the boat. It’s nice and quiet along the canal and I thought at £7.50 was reasonably priced.

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just the job for a hot Sunday morning: peaceful, slow paced stress-relief. The sound of the horse's hooves is soporific and there's plenty wildlife to watch. Wish it had lasted (much) longer.

Thank hexhamjohn2018
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