Llan­gollen Canal, Den­bighshire

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover | Canal Walks -

Best for: En­gi­neer­ing mar­vels The Llan­gollen Canal has ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly as­so­ciate with a canal along one tow­path. On foot you’ll avoid the boat-jams that frus­trate the high-sea­son nar­row­boat skip­pers but you’ll still garner some of the most ex­cit­ing canal ex­pe­ri­ences in a few hours’ walk. Start at the Horse­shoe Falls, which sup­ply the canal’s wa­ters, and walk six miles along the nar­row tow­path un­der trees and cliffs to the Pont­cy­syllte Aqueduct (right). Com­pleted in 1805, the mas­ter­piece of Thomas Telford and Wil­liam Jes­sop car­ries the canal and its tow­path 126 feet above the val­ley of the River Dee. It’s a stun­ning walk (and an eerie ex­pe­ri­ence for boat-driv­ers; they can’t see the aqueduct struc­ture at all as they cross it). A few miles fur­ther on there’s 1380 feet of at­mo­spheric gloom through the Chirk Tun­nel, one of the few canal tunnels in Bri­tain to have a tow­path. Then for a break from canal walk­ing, re­turn on the marked trail over high ground be­tween Trevor (by the aqueduct) and Llan­gollen.

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