Sunday 27th February
It was about a 90 minute drive to Whitingham Wharf and we arrived just after 13:00. The official collection time for the boat was 14:30 but was it had not been booked out the previous week we were told we could collect the boat earlier. We were able to park as short distance from the boat at the contents of the car including 2 Bromptons’ we soon safely stored on board.
Alan then gave us a friendly and comprehensive briefing about the boat. He took into account our previous experience and just telling us what we needed to know. A problem with the water pump delayed our departure but a new pump was soon fitted and after a late lunch we were on our way in the direction of Ellesmere. The tight turn and bridge just after the boat yard was negotiated without incident and we were then cruising through open countryside.
Our boat for the week “Heart of Welshpool” is 45 foot narrow boat. It haS reverse layout with a cruiser stern. At the bow of the boat we have a full size king sized bed. We have a bathroom small kitchen and a seating area at the rear of the boat were we can install a table when we want to eat. A diesel Eberspacher heater heats the hot water and water for the central heating. Provided we have sufficient charge in the batteries it means we can heat the boat without running the engine.
We moored for the night around 30 minutes cruising from Ellesmere stopping just before 17:00 in open countryside. An evening meal of Paella was prepared