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The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - A World Heritage Site on the Offa's Dyke Path

Mari Lydford - Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - A World Heritage Site on the Offa's Dyke Path

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – A World Heritage Site on the Offa’s Dyke Path.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the Llangollen canal over the River Dee in north east Wales and if you walk the Offa’s Dyke Path then this amazing feat of engineering will be on your route.

The Offa’s Dyke Path is one of the UKs National Trails and one of the most popular walking holidays we offer here at The Walking Holiday Company. It follows the entire length of the ancient earthwork that gave the trail its name. The path is 177 long and stretches from Chepstow in the south to Prestatyn in the north. Here at The Walking Holiday Company we pride ourselves on giving our customers exactly what they want, so if 177 miles isn’t for you then we can offer shortened itineraries to suit your requirements. If visiting the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is on your radar then make sure you look at booking the northern section of the route, the Aqueduct is approximately four miles east of Llangollen.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, it took a decade to complete and the word pontcysyllte means … bridge that connects. Two hundred years after it was completed it was declared a World Heritage Site. The aqueduct stands 126 feet above the River Dee and is made up of 18 cast iron and stone arches. It is 1007 feet long, 11 feet wide and the Llangollen canal runs along the top in an iron trough which is five feet deep. Every five years the canal is drained Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – A World Heritage Site on The Offa’s Dyke Path.

You can walk over the Pont (as is it known locally), or take a canal boat, for those who do not like heights then an alternative route is well sign posted. There are pubs and cafes at either end of the Pont, it’s a popular destination for tourists and walkers.

Downstream is a smaller but still just as impressive aqueduct at Chirk, it stands at 70 feet high and is 710 feet long. It carries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley at Chirk which is just off the Offa’s Dyke Path.

If you are looking for a long-distance walk that combines historic market towns, peaceful riverside walks, rolling hills and challenging terrains, combined with breath taking views and a wonderful historic element along the route, then this is the walk for you. Give us a call here at The Walking Holiday Company and let us organise this amazing and unforgetable walk for you.


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