Canoeing on the Llangollen Canal

Leaving the Aqueduct

Earlier in the month, I spent three days running canoe trips on  the Llangollen Canal between Bryn Howell and Froncysyllte for Gateway Outdoor for various youth groups and schools as part of their summer camp programme.

The canal at this time of the year can be very busy indeed but with a bit of care and a with the narrow boat drivers an extremely pleasant trip can be had which hosts a rich variety of flora and fauna. If that’s not enough for you then there’s the thrill of passing over the Pont Cysyllte aqueduct (Bridge of Cysyllte), which sits some 38 m above the River Dee below. The aqueduct was built by Thomas Telford in 1805 and remains the highest (38m or 126 feet) and longest (307m or 1007 feet) built in Britain and is now a grade one listed building and a World Heritage Site.

Who would have thought that there was some much history to see on such a sort stretch of canal.

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