Llangollen Canal Walk to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
The Llangollen Canal Walk includes crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Panorama Walk and a section of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
|16.28 km||395 m||5 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Llangollen
Pubs and cafes in Llangollen and on the route at Pontcysyllte. See our article on the Best Walks from Llangollen for more information.
Llangollen is well served with buses from Wrexham area.Traveline for UK Public Transport
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Llangollen Canal Walk to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Route Map and GPX Download
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Llangollen Canal Walk to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Details
The Llangollen Canal Walk takes you from the town of Llangollen to the Pontcysyllte Aqeueduct (rather than a viaduct, as it conveys water) and back. The route starts by visiting the romantic ruins of Castell Dinas Bran before taking the Llangollen Panorama Walk and the Offa’s Dyke National Trail to Trefor and the world famous Pontcysytllte Aqueduct. The route then returns to Llangollen via the Llangollen Canal.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was completed in 1805 and remains both the oldest navigable aqueduct and the highest in the world. It is built form cast iron and comprises 18 spans along the aqueduct’s 307 m length. It’s 38 metres high but at only 3.7 metres wide it would pass through most people’s living rooms! The width, or lack of it, makes the crossing something of an interesting experience! At least falling into the canal, you’l be glad to know it’s only 1.6m deep as opposed to the rather more serious drop in the other direction!
Llangollen Canal Walk Route Description
You can download an excellent Llangollen Canal Walk leaflet and map at the link below for full details of this walk and two more short routes in the town.