The address of this Aqueduct is Llangollen, so you may think it is in the Town, which it isn't, it is about 5miles from Town. You have to turn off the A5, and then into Gate road. We followed this road to a small Village where Tourist long boat's departed from at the start of the Aqueduct. Many were here refuelling and buying stock's.
It was 1795, when two of the greatest engineers who ever lived embarked on bridging a 1,007ft gap across the Dee Valley!
Canals were the arteries of the Industrial Revolution throughout England and Wales and the race was on! .
Thomas Telford and William Jessop were the most experienced canal and bridge builders of their time. Telford got the job, and built this massive Aqueduct, with 19 supporting pillars.
Interesting, the mortar used in their construction was a mix of lime, water and ox blood.
Once the trough's were completed, they were flooded and left for six months to check for leaks - even to this day, they haven't leaked!!
The whole thing was topped off with a towpath and safety rail and officially opened in 1805.
Now, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal are World Heritage listed.
They are an amazing sight, and we couldn't help but think, just how clever the men were that designed and built this amazing Aqueduct.
On my walk around Llangollen, I must say I was very surprised to see a Taxidermist, I really thought this was a dying art.
We had a friend who was a taxidermist, and I loved his work, so I had to have a look in the window, and there were my favourtie Bird's, "owl's", wonderfully done, looking they could take flight at any time.
There were other animal's too, all looking so life like, they were great!
The shop is on the RH side of my last photo, it has the pointed turret's.
Llangollen, and it is not a big town, so park the car and walk.
Located in the town, is a large park N' Pay car park, this is where we parked. Just across the road was a good souvenir shop with some lovely welsh ladies running it, this was where I bought my souvenir's. They may have been a bit cheaper too!
Castle street was a lot busier, and there were some quaint looking building's and a lot more souvenir shops, I even found a shop selling Italian Icecream!
There are quite few historic building's in the town, and it was good to have a walk around.
The Royal Hotel sits on the banks of the River Dee in the heart of Llangollen and is one of the landmarks of this stunning Welsh town.
It is an attractive Hotel which has had the pleasure of entertaining a young Queen Victoria and her mother, the Duchess of Kent
The Dee Bridge is quite famous, as it is "One of the 7 wonder's of Wales.'
A nice old bridge, that was built by Bishop Trevor in I345, it has cut out's along the way where I could safely stand and admire the River view. It has been widened in modern time's, but I don't think this ancient monument has lost any appeal.
Cross the bridge, enjoy the view, and see what is on the other side of Llangollen!
The River Dee is the pretty river that runs through Llangollen. I was able to walk quite a way along the River edge, and get some really good view's of the rapid's and the smooth boulder's under the clear rushing water.
Some Restaurant's had an outdoor area with table's and chair's set up which would have been very nice if it was meal time.
It was really nice, and I think worth doing!
Every July, an event that attracts people from all over the world happens in Llangollen.
It is the Llangollen Internation Musical Eisteddfod. The little town swells with all the visitors. For more information see their website.
Even though our last visit was little more than a long pit stop,
we did get some hot food and drinks. I scuttled up the main street
and found a 'chippy' (Fish and chips shop) and was not dissapointed
by the great service, reasonable price and smashing grub.
My sister had some pub food and my bro-in-law brought me
some piping cot coffee for the journey.
As is befitting the home of one of the best Food Festivals in Wales,
Llangollen has an excellent selection of restaurants, tea shops and cafes -
but that's not all.
Ever heard of an Oggie? well, you can't visit Llangollen without trying one of these!!
Looking like an oversize pasty, it really is a challenge to see if you can eat
one all in one go but is probably best eaten a bit at a time, making them
the ideal companion when exploring the town or taking one of the walks up the Dee Valley.
Pop into Pearsons Delicatessan on Castle Street to experience this particular culinary delight.
On the more traditional side good food abounds in good pubs and restaurants
such the Wynnstay Arms, The Royal Hotel, Maxines, the Greenbank,
Wild Pheasant Hotel plus lots, lots more.
The Cornmill, set in a converted 18th century watermill, with the original iron
water wheel still in place and turning, is certainly the high-light of any visit
to the town, with the views from its outside decking over the
Dee both relaxing and invigorating.
The town also boasts one of the best wine bars in the region with
Gales of Bridge Street. A bowl of soup and a roll, quality wine and
crackling open fire - terrific!
Alternatively the Cottage Tea Rooms offers traditional
Victorian high teas out of a building on 'ham 'n eggs square', a
n area that has served the tourist industry for well over 100 years, hence the name.
Let's not forget the tea room at the Llangollen Wharf either,
where you can order anything you like so long as it's without chips!
So, no matter what you fancy, from a stroll along the river nibbling
at an Oggie or a proper sit down meal in wonderful surroundings, Llangollen didn't disappoint us.
Llangollen was for a long time a busy transport hub with the bridge over the River Dee being the only crossing of the river for miles around. The town became more prominent after the building of the canal by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s who was also responsible for the building of London to Holyhead road that runs through the town.
The canal that was to transport Welsh slate over the border for the Ellesmere canal Company and to bring other goods in, but this placid form of transport is now only used for canal trips along the canal and over the near by Pontcysyllte aqueduct.
About 2 miles from the centre of Llangollen heading towards the Horseshoe Pass is the ruined 13th century Cistercian abbey of Valle Crucis. The abbey is actually best viewed from the main road above as you get a great panoramic view but there is no where to park and the verges are not wide. The chapter house is still intact and some of the archetectural features remain notably on the west front.
There is a small charge to enter the site.
If you are camping there is a great camp site that surrounds the abbey.
Llangollen is a lovely peaceful town. With the steam railway, river, bridge and shops all placed in a way that looks like a picture book! The pubs have outside beers gardens looking onto the running river. The shops are all small locally owned shops, with the only major brand shop i saw being a Spar, which was a nice change. Brilliant bakery too, we bought our lunch from there and it was delicious!
Llangollen, Wales, is completely surrounded by sheep pastures and dense conifer forests blanketing steep hillsides, and by brooks and creeks descending from the high country. The photos shown are of pastures and steep forested hills just north of the prototypical Welsh village of Llangollen. The people of this region have raised sheep for many centuries, and the sheep and wool industry is vitally important to this area.
Much more to come. Just getting started.
The narrow road to Ruthin ascended steeply from the northern town limits of Llangollen. As we climbed in elevation the dense forests quickly yielded to lightly timbered pastures with thick stands of grass, then to shrubs scattered among grass covered rocky hills, and finally to the sparsely vegetated rugged countryside shown in the photo. As we approached the summit of the mountain pass, there was not a single tree to be found. The shallow dry soil and the ever present fierce wind had apparently created an impossible situation for trees to thrive in. When I got out of the car at the summit, I immediately felt the bitter cold from a very strong wind, even though it was a fair mid April day. By contrast the winds were nearly calm at the lower elevations of Llangollen and Ruthin. This brought to mind how difficult life must have been for the good peasant folk of this region during days not too long past.
...............because Llangollen is full of it (probably because it's often ful of tourists).
The photo shows the epitome of souvenir shops: little white cottage, flags, dragons, tea-towels, plaques, ornaments, windmills.........whatever you want, chances are you'll find it there.
There are some nice mementos to buy, should you so wish. Whether you'll find them in shops like these is a metter of personal taste, but Llangollen can certainly offer you several such places.
Castell Dinas Brân was amazing. I wanted to sit up there for hours just looking over the countryside. It is an long trek up to the top, but I would suggest it to everyone. Brilliant, picturesque view that you can't reproduce.