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Llangollen Canal and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal, Trefor North Wales
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Llangollen Canal and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, full name in Welsh: Traphont DdΕ΅r Pontcysyllte is a aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee near the town of Wrexham, north east Wales. The Aqueduct was completed in 1805 it was built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain.

The images here are from a visit made a few months back, this is a truly wonderful place to walk and sightsee, the hight of the Aqueduct is the first thing that hits you on arriving at the village of Trefor. With the canal quays and Mariana at one end and the small village of Froncysyllte at the other the Bridge crosses the River Dee some 126ft below.

As you walk across the Aqueduct it is very noticeable that it only has railings on one side, the side of the footpath, the other side that contains the canal has none and is fully exposed to the view from and 126ft drop below. At first this is a little disconcerting until you realise that its only really a problem for anyone passing over by boat.

The environment and atmosphere around the canal here is just wonderful, people walking , artists running small shops from the side of open boats, Families and groups taking boating holidays and then the wonderful landscape views over the River Dee and the Dee Valley are breath taking. If your are visiting North Wales you just have to spend a couple of hours walking along this canal and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in particular.

I hope the images below give some sense of this place as it is very special and well worth a visit.

Llangollen Canal and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Gallery

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22 responses

  1. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13.

    March 25, 2014 at 11:22 am

  2. Love North Wales!

    March 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

  3. alienorajt

    Oh, how fabulous. I’ve not seen this in real life – but am now very keen to visit. Lovely to see the Welsh names.

    March 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    • Hello πŸ™‚

      Thank you !!

      Very pleased you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

  4. I never tire of looking at your photos! Can’t wait to go visit all these places!

    March 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    • Hello Gabriela πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , that a great comment to make πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I would love to know what you think if you can πŸ™‚

      March 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

  5. Ah Wales…so Beautiful, so vibrant…Thank you for these..they are simply gorgeous!

    March 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    • Hello Morgan πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very pleased you enjoyed this post and images πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      • Quite. I am Welsh by heritage and it is a Life Goal to make it “back” to Wales one day and visit my history…so I truly appreciate and am inspired by the images of my homeland that I see.

        Thank YOU!

        March 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

  6. How beautiful and innovative, and so unique!

    March 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    • Hello Rene πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Yes , its hard to see this as engineering, when you stand and watch the boat slowly crossing over !! πŸ™‚

      March 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

  7. gtonthenet

    Traveling over it in a narrow boat, and looking over the side at the valley floor many feet below, is quite an experience. Well worth visiting.

    March 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      You have crossed here then πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Its so hard with pictures to get the hight across, one or two of the boats had people standing on the side , UM !!!!

      I think I would be very happy to be holding the rudder πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

  8. M-R

    They didn’t waste any materials when they made that canal, eh, Nigel ? πŸ˜€

    March 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Hahaha πŸ™‚

      No they didn’t , room for one boat and the horse pulling it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Great point , πŸ™‚

      March 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  9. verenaheinrich

    Thank you for all your beautiful photos. I’d love to visit this gorgeous area you call home.

    March 26, 2014 at 12:09 am

  10. Oh, what lovely images, Nigel!

    The narrow waterway and charming boats are fascinating, but to see it all high above the landscape with a walkway is simply magical.

    It’s its own little world up there. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    March 26, 2014 at 1:13 am

  11. It’s an awesome piece of engineering and very beautiful too. I had always hoped to take a canal boat across it at some point but the cost of hiring said boats is a small fortune these days. Are you following the Timothy West/Prunella Scales show on More 4? They are old hands at canal boating and this week’s episode saw them negotiate this waterway. She is as scared of heights as I am!

    March 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Yes isn’t it just stunning πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I am with you on the boat costs, I did notice that there are bus boats that just let you pay and take a seat but its not the same as a boat holiday !!

      No it did know about the program but just check the tv listing and found the series and episode so a huge that you for that I have set to record πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      March 27, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  12. An amazing structure. Great idea too. πŸ™‚

    March 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      It is yes, πŸ™‚ , I did my best to get the height across , nothing like waking across this structure though , just breathtaking πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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