Llangollen Canal Trip
Canal Boats at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wales
This evening, I am reprising a trip on the Langollen Canal in North Wales. Location is about 50 miles south of Liverpool in NW England.
First, we drove about four miles along a mountainous back road to the town of Llangollen (in North Wales) which has been a tourist destination for about 200 years. Llangollen is very tourist orientated and is a good base for touring the local region. The town straddles the River Dee, is adjacent to the popular Llangollen Canal and features a steam train which runs over a short distance of track.
Video clip of River Dee at Llangollen.
Our focus was the canal. We joined a two-hour canal boat trip which chugged 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).
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.