Thomas Telford and William Jessop were legends of the Industrial Revolution – and the Llangollen canal was their crowning glory. It cuts through superbly rugged terrain with a series of great aqueducts, tunnels, bridges and embankments.
The jewel in the crown may be Pontcysyllte aqueduct, “the stream in sky”, whose immense stone piers tower 126 feet above the River Dee. But no fewer than 11 miles of the rest of the canal have also been awarded World Heritage Site status.
You can walk, cycle or paddle them all – starting at the Horseshoe Falls and finishing at Gledrid in Shropshire. Or you can hitch a ride on a canal boat from Llangollen wharf if you fancy drifting along in style.
Just don’t look down as you cross mighty Pontcysyllte unless you have a serious head for heights. The visitor centre at Trevor Basin tells the whole story with videos, artifacts and children’s activities.
Start: Llantysilio car park near Horseshoe Falls LL20 8BS, Trevor Basin LL20 7TY