Friday 9th November 2018
We have driven close to this historic monument on numerous occasions but have never visited, so as we were only a few miles away we decided after packing up to take the opportunity to visit.
Now. I will confess we took the wrong road and ended up approaching the aqueduct from the “wrong side” and ended up parking in a car park by the side of the canal 50m from the aqueduct that is designated for other use, thankfully being November it was quite empty and we didn’t stay too long.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was designed by Thomas Telford and William Jessop to enable the canal to cross the River Dee and have access to Llangollen. It has 18 arched stone pillars and is topped with a cast iron structure to carry the canal, it took 10 years to build and was completed in 1805. It stands 38m high and is now the oldest and longest navigable aqueduct in GB and the highest in the world.
I have seen it on TV many times and seen the narrow boats crossing where to one side there is no railing and a sheer drop to the river below, I’ve often wondered how I would feel about crossing it and am pleased to say that walking across on the tow path with a railing to the side didn’t worry me at all. The autumn scenery was beautiful and one day I hope to return and cross by narrow boat.