Canal boat trip on the Llangollen Canal
Canal Boats at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wales
This afternoon, I am posting information on a canal boat trip starting from Llangollen in N.E. Wales.
Llangollen is a town with a population of 3658 located in Denbighshire. It is situated on the River Dee at the edge of the Berwyn range and the Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Britain retains an extensive canal network which dates from the 18th century at time of the Industrial revolution. Canals pre-date railways and were used to move industrial materials and people on what were the super-highways of the time.
Canals are predominantly used for leisure activities today.
Video clip of River Dee at Llangollen.
This post reprises a two-hour canal boat trip through the local scenery at a sedate pace with journey
culminating in a crossing of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct,
a stunning piece of engineering dating from 1795-1805 which transports
the canal over the valley of the River Dee at a height of 38 metres (125
feet). The Aqueduct is the work of famous engineer, Thomas Telford
(1757-1834) who was also responsible for the Craigellachie Bridge in Scotland.
Video clip of canal boats at Llangollen Wharf.
About one mile downstream from Pontcysyllte is another stupendous structure which is known as the Cefn Railway Viaduct.This sits on the edge of Ty Mawr Country Park.
At conclusion of the boat trip we were transported back to Llangollen by motor coach, thus concluding a very satisfying day in North Wales.