Routes – Wales – Llangollen canal & Aqueduct.

Length – 3.8 Miles
Grade – Easy/Medium ( One short hill )
Terrain – Mostly flat tow paths / country lanes
Stiles – No
Start / Finish – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct visitors center car parks.
Time – 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
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This is one of our favorite walks along the lovely towpaths of the scenic Llangollen canal, The terrain is mainly flat and good underfoot with only one short but quite steep hill ( Oerog hill named after the springs at bryn oerog ). It is worth noting that while the world heritage site of Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is amazing and an incredible feat of engineering for those who suffer with heights the crossing can be a bit airy to say the least,  however please do not let this put you off it is well worth the effort and rest assured that the aqueduct is perfectly safe and sees over half a million visitors a year walk over it.

Starting at the visitors center car parks for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct follow the signs to the main visitors center and Trevor basin where you can find a myriad of things to do from narrow boat trips over the aqueduct and to the nearby town of Llangollen ( which is also worth a visit and is the starting point for a lot of the walks you will find on here ) to most outdoors and watersports based activities. The area is also extremely popular with photographers and artists with good reason. You will also find a good choice of food and drink available onsite and locally with several cafes and also the Telford inn adjacent to the towpath which also provides food. The visitors center is well worth a short visit and has an excellent museum which explores the local area and the design and building of  Thomas Telford’s amazing aqueduct.  There’s also a small gift shop and ice cream parlour on the other side of the canal basin.

 

From the visitors center continue to walk towards and then onto the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the walk over the aqueduct can be quite exhilarating and the views are incredible. Once your crossing is complete you should continue to follow the towpath until you reach the small basin at Froncysyllte where you cross the canal via a lovely white swing bridge before exiting the basin and turning right onto the quiet lane ( B5424 gate lane ). The lane meanders its way down to what is known locally as the bont and the Bont bridge which dates back to the 17th century crosses you back over the river Dee. ( Please note that this lane is quiet but has no footpath along some of its stretch. ) For those who require refreshments before continuing you can find good food at the local inn above the basin and at the community center cafe across the road from the exit of the basin, during the summer you can also find narrow boats moored up along that stretch that sell a variety of food and drink as well as a wonderful old world style sweet shop and ice cream parlour.

Cross the Dee over the bont bridge taking in the views back towards the aqueduct which now appears high in the sky line giving you the full perspective of Telfords epic work in spanning the valley. At the end of the bridge follow the lane to your left through a delightful little hamlet of houses and past what is known as major pool a place you can watch the salmon run at the right time of year. Keep following the winding lane until you come to another small hamlet of several houses and barn conversions where you should turn right onto the Oerog hill which will then take you back to the llangollen stretch of the canal ( Please note that this lane is also very quiet but also has no footpath along some of its stretch. ) Once at the top of the short climb up the Oerog hill you should take the right turn down the path and back onto the towpath which is a delightful walk back towards the visitors center at the Trevor basin, upon arriving back at the road you should take a quick right over the road bridge and then a short distance later a left onto a footpath which takes you under the first arches of the aqueduct and then back up to the visitors center.

Should you wish you can finish your walk here and retrace you journey along the canal basin back to the car parks or for a short extra loop you can follow the path to the right which eventually leads through a gate onto a field to your left where we let the dogs have one last run free before heading back in a short loop to the canal basin and the car parks.


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More information – Aqueduct visitors Center