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Santa Cruise 2009

Line drawing of the packet-boat ‘Duchess Countess’

The Duchess Countess Trust
This is a community-based, not-for-profit Company whose long-term Project is to re-create the historic canal packet (passenger) boat, ‘Duchess Countess’, built at the end of the 18th century which ended its days on the Montgomery and Llangollen canals in the mid 1950s. The aim is to use the marine architect’s plans, made before she was broken up, to build a full-scale replica of this unique craft and to fit her out as close to the original as modern regulations will allow. She will then operate in the Llanymynech area as a trip boat when the canal is re-opened to its junction with the Shropshire Union Canal at Welsh Frankton.

The black and white photo below shows the Duchess Countess at work.

DC on water

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The Canal boat “George Watson Buck”
The ‘George Watson Buck’, a 12-seater canal boat, operated by the Packet-boat ‘Duchess Countess’ Trust, is moored at Llanymynech Wharf. As from the first weekend in May 2006, she will take passengers on short trips when the Visitor Centre is open, and by arrangement at other times. When it arrived in 2005 it became the first non-maintenance boat on the canal at Llanymynech for sixty years. There is only a very short length of canal navigable but the boat can run as part of a package visit including guided walks. The boat was given to the local community but has been prepared and will be maintained by the Duchess Countess Trust.
The colour photo to the right shows the ‘George Watson Buck’ moored at the Llanymynech Wharf.


B+W photo above shows Duchess Countess after her work as packet-boat. Photo from British Waterways Archive.

GWBuck

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Llanymynech Wharf Visitor Centre  - CANAL TRIPS

A community-run facility which welcomes visitors and tourists to the “international parish” of Llanymynech. Besides light refreshments, the centre provides displays and exhibitions about the canal, Heritage Area and other local places of interest to the visitor. Guided tours can be arranged, there is a picnic area and the village has a variety of places to eat.  The Centre is managed by the ‘Duchess Countess’ Trust

 

The wharf visitor centre has been open every Sunday
from Easter to the end of September, 1.30 – 4.30 p.m.

and also Bank Holidays until October 11.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Come for a half-hour cruise along the canal,

find interesting gifts from our collection of local crafts,
or just drop in for a cup of tea.
 

If you fancy helping at the Centre for one or more days during the season:
 contact Liz on 01691
831497.
also visit: www.duchess-countess.org.uk
 

MAESBURY CANAL FESTIVAL 2010
Working to maintain the profile of the Montgomery Canal and its heritage to help to promote the long term sustainable restoration of the canal.

Maesbury canal festival

The canal festival enjoyed fine weather and an excellent range of activities and stalls. Attendance was very good. Such was the success of the festival that it has been decided to hold another on in 2012!

Copy of canal fest leaflet below

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canal fest insert

Historic interest
Llanymynech Wharf was an important transhipment point for coal, used in the flourishing local lime industry and for domestic use, and for exporting limestone and farm produce. It is surrounded by the Heritage Area, now run by Shropshire Countryside Service where you can walk the footpaths and discover the remains of inclined tramways and kilns, especially the magnificent and unusual Hoffman lime kiln – one of only three remaining in this country and the best preserved.

Wildlife
The site is rich in wildlife. Interesting nature trails lead through the scrubland surrounding the industrial sites and the old wood of Llwyn Goch. The woodland spring flowers and the meadows in summer are worth visiting. At the top of the inclines you enter the old quarries, now a local Wildlife Trust reserve, with extensive views over the surrounding English and Welsh countryside. This was one of the first Sites of Special Scientific Interest designated as such in Britain.

Hoffmann kiln

Above: view of Hoffman kiln before restoration
Right: kiln chimney from canal towpath

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