Monday, 2 January 2012

New Years Day 2012: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

In our family, on New Year's Day, we've got a little tradition where we go on a little walk.

Some years it can be as nearby as the local woods.

Other times it can involve a last minute booking of an Oxford hotel.

This year, we opted for the middle ground, and headed to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales.

It's quite an odd aqueduct.

Firstly, for us to get to Wales, we have to cross the Runcorn Bridge. 

Then, half way there I was asked to check the route. Which I did, and announced it was simply down this road and turn off towards Wrexham. 

Unfortunately, no one was concentrating and we missed it.

What was meant to be an hour drive turned into a two hour long (but scenic) drive through the Welsh hills. 

I said earlier that the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was odd... Well, it has a canal, too.

I don't know how rare or un-rare that is. But I find it strange. In a nice, surprising way.

The aqueduct, and part of the area, is a World Heritage Site.

All day there was a constant drizzle. Seeing The Telford Arms was a pleasant sight. 

We took shelter from the weather, and grabbed a sandwich and a plate of chips. If we'd had more time (and money) the sandwich would've turned into a hot, comforting pub meal.

This was a little garden that belonged to a canal boat owner.

Finally, of course, we have to consider New Year resolutions. 

I don't really make them, to any serious degree. 

But this year is different.

My New Year resolution: To lose weight.

I'm aware that it's a very common resolution, but needs must.

I'm determined to shift some of this excess. Not being able to buy a lot of clothes in the Sales because of size has only contributed to this.

What are your New Year resolutions? 

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