DINGHY DAWDLE 2007

MONTGOMERY CANAL DINGHY DAWDLE 2007

Held between Burgedin (Arddleen) and Llanymynech.

 

  This years dinghy dawdle took place on Sunday the 10th of June. The starting point for the event was Burgedin Top Lock where the Guilsfield Arm leaves the main line of the canal. This year experienced the best ever turn-out of portable craft with well in excess of 50 boats of various types, including coracles, canoes, kayaks, dinghies etc.,  These were only outnumbered by the walkers accompanying them as they headed north for the final  destination of  Llanymynech.

   The Dawdle was started by Mick Bates A.M. For Montgomeryshire and children from Arddleen Primary School.

   The Dawdle had to pass over a total of four dropped bridges, two of which  crossed the main A483 Trunk Road before it reached its destination at the new Llanymynech Visitor Centre and Heritage Area. On the way, it passed through the two Carreghofa llocks with a break for lunch at  Parsons Bridge (99) where Offa’s Dyke Footpath joins the canal.

   At Llanymynech’s wharf and visitor centre, there was a short ceremony in which  plaques were presented to participants in the event by Mrs Dilys Gaskill, chair of the Llanymynech Heritage Partnership.

 

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1. The start at Burgedin - Guilsfield Arm  Junction.

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2. Leaving the starting point at Burgedin Lock Cottage.

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3. A steady stream of boats after passing thro’ Dragon Bridge (No. 104) .

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4. The first of the dropped bridges across the A483 at Arddleen.

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5.  The dropped bridge across the A483 at Maerdy.  

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6. Lunch at Parsons Bridge (No. 99) .

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7. Crossing the Vyrnwy Aqueduct .  

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8. Waiting below Carreghofa bottom lock.

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9. One of the groups packed into Carreghofa Bottom Lock.  

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10. Passing by Carreghofa lock cottage.

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11. Another group packed into Carreghofa Top Lock .

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12. One of the “Friends” assisting in the operation of the Top Gate.

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13. The finish at Llanymynech Visitor Centre .

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14. The first of the participants to receive her event plaque.

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15. The smile says it all.

The weather had once more been kind for this event and a most enjoyable day was had by all.

 

WE WISH TO GIVE OUR THANKS ALL WHO TOOK PART IN THE ORGANISING AND RUNNING OF THIS ANNUAL EVENT.

AS USUAL, IT WAS ENJOYED BY EVERYONE PRESENT.

 

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(http://www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/carreghofa.html)  

(http://www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/fourcrosses.html)

(http://www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/arddleen.html)