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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Cefn Mawr Viaduct and Horseshoe Falls

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - A stream in the sky


With an impressive height of 126 feet 8 inches, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in north east Wales is not only a remarkable feat of engineering but also an interesting and popular tourist attraction. The aqueduct over the valley of the River Dee is the longest and highest aqueduct in the UK and is fed by water from Horseshoe Falls. The aqueduct is also a part of World Heritage Site - an eleven-mile corridor from Horseshoe Falls in Llangollen to Gledrid in Shropshire.


The aqueduct was designed and built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and opened in 1805. It has a water passage for a single canal narrow boat in addition to a towpath for pedestrians. The views from the aqueduct are amazing on both sides and the pedestrian walkway is secure. Even if you are not good with heights, you should try and cross the aqueduct. It is an amazing experience and the views are stunningly beautiful. Scenic beauty aside, I couldn't help but wonder as to how the builders managed to complete this remarkable aqueduct. It is awe inspiring. If you are in North Wales, do add this to your list of places to visit.



Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


You can choose to walk across the aqueduct and explore the area around on foot or take a boat trip across the aqueduct (approx. 45 minutes).

Trevor Basin is located next to the aqueduct and there is a  Visitor Centre on site. You can talk to the staff for more information on walking routes, boat trips etc.

Location: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Station Rd, Trevor Basin, Wrexham LL20 7TG

Trevor Basin

Trevor Basin

Trevor Basin



Cefn Mawr Viaduct 


Just over a mile down stream from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the equally impressive Cefn Mawr viaduct. Measuring around 1,508 feet long and with an imposing height of 147 feet the viaduct was built by Thomas Brassey in 1848 and is only accessible by train.

The viaduct sits on the edge of the Ty Mawr Country Park which is a great place for families. There is plenty of seating for picnics, a children's park, visitor centre and also a café on site. You can walk along the riverside footpath (a one-mile walk) and it will take you up to the Pontcysyllte aqueduct.

Location: Ty Mawr Country Park, Cefn Mawr, Wrexham, LL14 3PE

Cefn Mawr Viaduct


Cefn Mawr Viaduct

Cefn Mawr Viaduct

Cefn Mawr Viaduct

Cefn Mawr Viaduct

Cefn Mawr Viaduct

Cefn Mawr Viaduct

Cefn Mawr Viaduct


Horseshoe Falls


You can walk up to Horseshoe Falls along the towpath from Llangollen (less than 2 miles) but as we were short on time we drove to Llantysilio Green, parked our car and walked the very short distance to Horseshoe Falls.

Many people assume that Horseshoe Falls are waterfalls and tend to be disappointed when they see that it is actually just a weir. I had researched about the place much before we visited it, so I knew what to expect. Although it is not as impressive as a natural waterfall, it still is a piece of beauty. The weir was designed by Thomas Telford to draw water from the River Dee into the Llangollen and Ellesmere canals. And six miles downstream the Llangollen canal crosses the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Isn't that amazing? I feel the entire 11-mile corridor from Horseshoe Falls to Gledrid is simply astounding. One cannot help but marvel at the planning and engineering achieved centuries ago.

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls


The horseshoe shaped weir is 460 feet long and in addition to supplying water to the canals it also beautifies the surrounding landscape. It is a lovely spot for families, walkers and nature lovers alike.

This entire World Heritage Site stretch is of historical importance and with its beauty and breath-taking structures, it is no wonder that it draws tourists. Definitely worth a visit if you are in North Wales.

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35 comments :

  1. What lovely photos and a great review! Looks a great place for a day out with the kids!

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  2. I'm always astounded with level of workmanship from engineering from hundreds of years ago. This example is breathtaking!

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  3. WOW!!! Your photos make this place look amazing, shall have to book our next holiday here! Love the stream in the sky!!!

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  4. Such beautiful and interesting photos. I showed my children as I was fascinated by the aquaduct.

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  5. Looks incredible. Wales in on my wish list for next year

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  6. Wow, thanks for sharing, definitely on our bucket list to explore next year

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  7. My papa used to take me on 1 of these boats when I went to look don't for the summer I loved it . Looks amazing never been to wales

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  8. I really enjoyed all your photos. They really gave a great perspective of the all round area. You are right though..the aquaduct isn't for those who have a fear of heights.

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  9. Nice view from the top. Great to visit different places with the family

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  10. Those views are lovely, but that drop from the side of the canal makes my knees a little wobbly!

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  11. Very scenic place, some great views. Love the aqueduct.

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  12. Awesome photos. It looks very peaceful. Will be nice for a break away.

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  13. wow what a view from the boats- almost scary!!!

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  14. What Beautiful photos, looks like a lovely trip away!

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  15. Looks so good and sure would like to go.

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  16. Wow, such beautiful views. We are so lucky to have such beautiful areas right on our doorsteps!

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  17. Wales is such a beautiful place I regret to say I have never spent time in,just passed through on my way to the ferry terminals to Ireland.Maybe one day.

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  18. This is a beautiful area and some beautiful pictures

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  19. Lovely view, I admit I am awful with heights but I think this would be worth it

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    1. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

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  20. I feel very lucky in that we live approximately 20 minutes away from these beautiful places! We are so fortunate to live in such a gorgeous area.

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    1. You are very lucky indeed to live in such close proximity to this area of outstanding beauty.

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  21. i lov all your articles and photos all very interesting stuff

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  22. So pretty, would love to go and visit. It's quiet far from us but I'll do my best to take my family there :)

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  23. Such lovely photos, some could easily be put on a postcard there stunning x

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  24. It looks amazing, but it is definitely not for the faint hearted!!

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  25. Beautiful pictures of the country side :)

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  26. What fantastic photos! My kids absolutely love to spend weekends on barges chugging along the canals :) What a fantastic route you have shown... very beautiful place! x

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  27. I absolutely love your pics! What beauty! I used to live right next to a viaduct, I counted myself very lucky when I opened the curtains in the morning to the stunning views of it.

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    1. Wow! That must have been a marvellous sight.

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  28. That's amazing, it looks like a really magical place. I love the description of 'a stream in the sky'

    Kirsty Fox

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  29. You have captured lovely photos. This is why I like blogs it unveils things and places in life that I may never have discovered. Thank you

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