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Llangollen Canal Walk to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

By Dave Roberts   

on November 22, 2011    5/5 (1)

Posted as a walk in – Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, Europe, Wales

Llangollen Canal Walk to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Further Details

Route Summary:

The Llangollen Canal Walk includes crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Panorama Walk and a section of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.

Route Start Location: Llangollen

16.28 km 395 m 5 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Pubs and cafes in Llangollen and on the route at Pontcysyllte. See our article on the Best Walks from Llangollen for more information.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

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Public Transport:

Llangollen is well served with buses from Wrexham area.

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Llangollen Canal Walk to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Llangollen Canal Walk to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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.

More Information

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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