Strong winds meet Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Wales)steemCreated with Sketch.

in signhunting •  2 months ago

Wednesday the 19th September 2018 was a great day. I walked from Trevor to Chirk and crossed over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct that was designed and engineered by Thomas Telford and has been in use since 1805. So far this would not be much of a new thing, but what put the cherry on the cake on that day was the strength of the wind. It was just crazy! Bear in mind it was a yellow warning issued by MetOffice, there were still brave people crossing over the construction, but literally everyone was holding onto the bars. I would say, it is a good job it was blowing from a western direction, so there was no chance for you to be blown away as the bars would have caught you. Still, the narrow boat operators had a proper challenging time. The wind was so strong that the boats were slightly tilted and pushed against the left edge of the canal which kind of made the boats stuck, so the drivers had to push the boats with their own hands against the wind. I must say, everybody had an exciting day. Here are some photos and a Quik Story episode.

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct constructed by Thomas Telford between 1795-1805 as part of the Ellesmere Canal

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Operators keeping their narrow boats in line

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Challenging time for narrow boat operators: they had to push the boats against strong winds

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Walkers holding onto the bars

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Finally a peaceful journey after a challenging crossing over the valley

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct constructed by Thomas Telford between 1795-1805 as part of the Ellesmere Canal

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Another boat heading towards the winds

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in its native envrionment over River Dee

GoPro Quik Story #24 ~ "Strong winds meet Pontcysyllte Aqueduct" ~ (19.09.2018) by The Sign Hunters

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