Canal Trip for Visually Impaired

We gathered together at Wellington’s Public Toilets, and embarked in our Boultons coach for Welshpool – 16 guests, 2 guide dogs, 4 Rotarians and 2 helpers. There we transferred by lift into our two waiting cruise boats, Heulwen ll and lll, each skippered by a Brian. Heulwen is Welsh for Sunshine, – we didn’t get much of that – but it didn’t rain, either.

We motored off at 11am in a northerly direction, through attractive wooded countryside, while enjoying Val Scollard–Kerr’s cake. After about 45 minutes, we came to a ‘winding hole’ and turned round. Those standing outside on the foredeck now felt the cool breeze, and soon took shelter. We motored on into Welshpool, where we picked up our fish and chips, which soon disappeared without trace.

During our voyage we negotiated a counterbalanced lift bridge, the town lock, – first going up, then down again on our return,- and a tunnel, all to add to the excitement. Too soon we were back at the wharf, and retracing our steps home. The trip was enjoyed by all, with hopes that it would be repeated next year.

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