Ellesmere Day 3

Another good nights sleep and the other half wasn’t disturbed once by the bleating lambs that had kept her awake the night before. It was very windy overnight and the Hymer rocked in the gusts of wind as we are parked in quite an exposed spot, it felt just like being on the ferry to France, rocking away.

Today we had arranged a visit from our eldest daughter Emma and her partner Andy and so after their arrival, greeted with mugs of tea and chocolate biscuits, they drove us into Ellesmere.

We had a quick walk around town, but being a Sunday most shops and cafes were shut, so we walked out to a mere after which the town is named. The meres were formed by the retreating ice age and are now a centre for leisure with a mere side promenade, boating, a sculpture trail, children’s playgrounds etc. It also features the Boathouse Restaurant and Cafe, we had a quick snack in the Cafe but perusing the menu you could have a very good meal in the restaurant.
Walking back into town the range of architecture is very evident with good examples of Georgian, Victorian and modern buildings. The canal system here is very interesting as this is where the Shropshire Union Canal and the Llangollen canal, famous for the Chirk and Pontcysyllte aqueducts, meet. The Llangollen canal was designed by Thomas Telford with funds being raised by the Duke of Bridgwater, it made a network that went from the midlands to meryside and into the centre of Wales.

The forecast for the day was for there to be continuous rain from midday onwards, thankfully this didn’t happen and it has been sunny if somewhat windy. At approx 6.30pm we had a few spots of rain as we tucked in to our lamb chops ( sorry neighbours over the hedge) with mint sauce and veg, followed by raspberries, pears and fresh cream. And so to another night in with an episode of Peter Kay.

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