Henllys Guest House
Berwyn, Llangollen, LL208AL, United Kingdom
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longest & highest cast-iron aqueduct in the world
The river Dee at Llangollen
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Travel Tips for Llangollen
One of my main goals in coming to Wales was to see this aqueduct which is one of the most spectacular in Britain. The canal is fed from the River Dee and the Dee runs under the aqueduct. The famous engineer, Thomas Telford, built Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1795. It is a protected Grade I listed building, a Welsh National Monument and is one of the seven wonders of the British Inland Waterways System
We couldn't drive to the town on the other side [Trevor] because they were working on the highway bridge (stone bridge) on the road that went to it (photo 2), so we went to the east end, parked and walked across the aqueduct, our grandson actually was invited to hop on one of the boats and he rode part of the way.
There is about 5 inches or so water on each side of the boats doing across. The aqueduct is 125 feet in the air and the water trough is only about 7 feet wide and 5.3 feet deep. The height apparently concerns some people but not others. I saw a man standing on the roof of the canal boat taking pictures.
I saw one lady with a toddler asleep in a sling across her chest, walking fast along the aqueduct with a camera in her hand (photo 3), while her husband drove the canal boat and red headed twin girls played in the front. Presumably she was going ahead to take photos.
There were a lot of canal boats coming across the aqueduct as there is a center there at Trevor.
We drove down to the football field that we'd seen from the top, and I walked down to the little stone bridge, and I talked to the bridge workers and took some pictures
Valle Crucis Abbey
We attended a night-time carol service (in Welsh, English and German languages) in the ruins of the thirteenth century Cistercian Valle Crucis Abbey. There was a small orchestra, readings also in Welsh and English and the proceedings were helped along with mulled wine and mincepies!
This beautiful abbey is open to the public with adult tickets at £2.50 and concessions £2.00. There are parking and disabled facilities.
I visited Llangollen for a day out with my partner's family and sadly we forgot to bring a camera. But the river is a lovely place to spend half an hour, especially if you have kids as they can feed the ducks, and there are some nice cafes and shops to wander around in town - some great fudge and ice-cream (even better if combined!). Just out of town is Horseshoe Pass, with a cafe which is a good place to have lunch - if you take a picnic, you can feed some of it to the sheep, who are very friendly (and fat!). Also not far away is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which carries the Llangollen canal - it's possible to take a trip over it in a canal boat. I intend to return to do this, it looks like lots of fun. It's also recently been added to the World Heritage list.
Llangollen, (The Railway), Wales.
"Panoramic view of Llangollen."
The railway station that can be just glimpsed through the trees belongs to the Llangollen Railway, which is a steam preservation line which runs to Carrog through beautiful Welsh scenery.
For much more on Llangollen, I recommend seeing another members pages, those of GrandmaR at Llangollen (Link).
Look at the picture of the Welsh hills with nothing to mar the view.
With the smell of steam wafting in through the carriage windows, you could really think that you had travelled back in time.
This is the temporary terminus of the line. How long it will be before the extension to Corwen becomes a reality, we cannot say. Time and funds always limit a venture such as this.
What a wonderful setting for this premier steam railway.
There are more railway pictures on my homepage travelogue My_Railway_Pictures (Link)Back to my Homepage (Link)
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