Llangollen and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The ‘B’ party. Leader – Graham Bevan

The weather was dry but rather dull which meant it was not a good day for photography but good conditions for walking. I wanted an easy day so I joined the ‘B’ party for a 9 mile hike.

We left Llangollen by crossing the bridge over the River Dee and climbed up the popular path towards Castell Dinas Bran.

03. Castel Dinas Bran

The remains that we see today are from the castle built by Gruffydd 11 Madoc in the 1260’s. Once completed it only lasted for 20 years before being surrendered to the Earl of Lincoln in 1277 on behalf of the English Crown.

On a good day the views from the top are magnificent and include the Berwyn Mountains. Eglwyseg Cliffs and the Dee valley.

08 Castel Dinas Bran

Leaving the ruins we descended to join the Offa’s Dyke path through Trevor woods to reach the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union canal close to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The Pontcysyllte ( Pon-kuss-uth-tligh ) Aqueduct was designed by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and opened in 1805. It carries the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union canal over the River Dee. It’s height is 127 ft and it is over 1000 ft in length. The canal is enclosed in an 11ft wide cast iron trough.

I have stitched four images together to give an almost 180 degree view.

30. View from the Aquaduct

The return leg of our walk back to Llangollen was along the towpath of the canal. It was easy walking and there were some beautiful reflections of the autumn colours in the canal.

Back in Llangollen we crossed the bridge over the raging waters of the River Dee and were looking forward to a refreshing pint.

We went to the Old Corn Mill where they have good range of real ale. However today must have been an off day as some of the beer was more murky than the river.

Alan

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