We came for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Check the website for dates of the next one & the venue. There were exhibitions & craft stalls, some free stuff, plenty of food stalls (but is cheaper & a better variety if you just eat in town, outisde the venue) there were miniture hot air balloons, proper big hot air balloons taking off, motorbike stunts and more! It wouldve been a bit better if there was more seating, instead of just the muddy grass (we were tired from previous days activities) and ended up going home early. Parking was a little difficult when we arrived, so if you can get there early to avoid the traffic, or just walk in!
I have been through this pass many times
and it offers some great views which are typical for
The A542 road to the Horseshoe Pass offers some of the most spectacular views
in Wales as it climbs from Llangollen around a wide valley to form the shape of its name.
An annual stage in the now defunct Tour of Britain cycle race, the steady
incline of the road reaches a maximum height of 417 metres or 1,367ft .
This particular route dates from 1811 as part of a major turnpike road
constructed across the area and replaced the less spectacular, but extremely steep,
Bwlch Rhiwvelen. Due to the altitiude the Pass is frequently closed in
winter due to heavy snowfalls.
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
When leaving the Hot Air Balloon festival, there was sooo much traffic, so we decided to go the opposite way, and thought our SatNav would tell us a quick way out... however we ended up going straight down this road for about 15 miles... little narrow windy roads! We became a little stressed, and concerned, but in the end it was a lovley drive as the roads became wider, we could see straight over all the hills, which were covered in purple heather, was lovely! there were also lots of sheep everywhere over the roads...
Can you pronounce it?
Glin-dif-erd-wee. and not a vowel it it!
This is one of the main intermediate stations on the Llangollen staeam preservation railway. The villiage itself is quite isolated.
You may note that the booking office is of wooden construction and was saved from destruction in the Crewe area and transported to Glyndyfrdwy.
The original station building, although still very much still standing and situated on the other platform, is now a private residence, bought by the owners when the railway closed down in the 1960's.
The scenery here in this area is 'to die for'!