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Across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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Across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct , a set on Flickr.

A cruise along the Llangollen Canal organised in conjunction with Wicksons Travel of Walsall Wood, Staffordshire.  An hour in each direction on board the narrowboat ‘Thomas Telford’ crossing the aqueduct each way.

Canal News Music and family fun under the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Canal News

Music and family fun under the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


12 – 13 Jul 2013
7:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us ‘under the arches’ for an evening of musical entertainment and a day of family fun.

On Friday evening you can sit back and enjoy music from ‘The Big Beat’ and other local bands. The awe-inspiring aqueduct will be illuminated after dark and fireworks will bring the evening to a close at 11pm.

Bring a picnic, a torch and a chair and enjoy the music. On-site catering is available

FREE parking at Trevor Basin (5 –10 mins walk)

Minibus 50p each way

Advance tickets: Adults £4 / 5 -16s & 60+ £2 / Family (2+4) £10

On the night: Adults £5 / 5 -16s & 60+ £2.50 / Family £12

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

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On Saturday between 2pm and 6pm the site will be transformed with stalls, Victorian fairground rides and family entertainment.

Stalls, Victorian fairground rides, children’s entertainment

Canal News – Advice re Hedgecutting, and Cycling along the Canal

Canal News

Grand Union Canal approaching Catherine de Barnes near Solihull

Catherine de Barnes Bridge, No 78 is ahead. Visitor moorings here are good. The pub is more of a restaurant with bar, but does still serve real ale.  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Advice: Grand Union Canal

GUN Hedgecutting South East Waterway

Monday 8 October 2012 – Friday 1 March 2013

We have commenced the annual hedge cutting round, starting on the 1st October running until 1st March. Please be aware this work will result in thorns on towpaths. The specification includes the clearing of cut thorns from the tow path following a cut of the previous year’s growth, our contractors will blow/sweep/rake/clear the thorns off the path, however there will be areas where some thorns remain on the towpath or blow from the hedge onto the towpath following windy conditions. If you are planning a cycling trip please follow link http://www.waterscape.com/things-to-do/cycling/hints-and-tips for helpful tips. If you have a pet be mindful of tender paws picking up thorns on the path and under the hedgerows following this work.

Enquiries: 03030404040

Cycling along the Grand Union Canal


Cycling is a great way of seeing our network of canals and rivers and getting some exercise at the same time. If you’re planning a day out on your bike why not incorporate our canals into it? Our towpaths offer traffic free routes next to some of the country’s most stunning waterside scenery.

Our canals and rivers attract over 21 million visits from cyclists each year and with thousands of miles of towpaths, which by their nature tend to be fairly level, it’s easy to see why. Where else can you take in such a diverse range of wildlife and the country’s finest heritage structures while you’re out on your bike?

Providing green corridors through our cities and linking our towns and villages together, canal towpaths are used by a range of cyclists from boaters running errands on their bike to experienced cyclists on week-long tours and families taking an afternoon ride together.

Cycling by the Trent & Mersey Canal

The Canal & River Trust welcomes considerate cyclists to its towpaths and you don’t need a permit to use your bike on any of our towpaths. However, we would ask that you take a look at our Greenways Code for Towpaths before you take to the towpaths. Lots of people visit the waterways, for many different reasons, and everyone is entitled to feel happy and safe whilst they’re visiting.

Pontcysyllte aqueduct

The undated plaque nearby says: “Built by Thomas Telford 1795-1805 there are 18 piers made of local stone, the central ones over the Dee being 126′ high up to the ironwork.

The canal runs through an iron trough, 1007′ long, 11’10” wide and 5’3″ deep, the largest in Britain. The iron was supplied by William Hazeldine from his foundries at Shrewsbury and nearby Cefn Mawr.  Total cost £47,000.  Water is fed from the Dee at the Horseshoe falls at Llantysilio near Llangollen.”  © Copyright Peter Craine and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  Llangollen Canal to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

A flat canal, tow path cycle route which takes you from the beautiful Welsh tourist town of Llangollen to the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

This route is not recommended for road bikes, as the tow path is mainly a crushed gravel surface with some tarmac stretches along the way. Make sure you take care when cycling near water and give way to pedestrians.

Llangollen is a beautiful welsh tourist town standing on The River Dee with Castell Dinas Bran standing high above the town. The bridge in the centre of the town which crosses the River Dee was built in 1345. Llangollen also has a fantastic steam railway which runs daily in the holiday season up and down the banks of The River Dee.

1. Start – Llangollen

Start from Heoll y Castell (the main high street in the town).

2. Llangollen to the Wharf Hill

Cycle across the Llangollen Bridge, over the River Dee, away from the main town centre. At the end of the bridge, turn right on to Mill Street and, after 50 yards, turn left up Wharf Hill, which is a very short steep hill. You might like to walk this short section.

At the top of the hill, you will see the Llangollen Canal. When you reach the canal, turn right along the towpath, away from the canal cruise shop, and cycle along the towpath under the bridge and along the right-hand bank of the canal.

3. Wharf Hill to Pontyscyllte

After 100 yards, you will be cycling along the towpath past a wooded area and then you will be cycling out in the open countryside along the canal and under several bridges. The canal roughly follows the route of The River Dee as it meanders along its way, which is over on your right hand side.

After about four miles you will reach Pontyscyllte and will come out at the canal basin by the aqueduct.

Cross over the bridge to the other side of the canal and cycle across the world-famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is now a world heritage site. It was built in 1805 by Thomas Telford, is 1,007 ft long, and 126 ft high and you can enjoy some fantastic views of the surrounding area from the aqueduct.


3.98 miles / 6.41 Kilometers

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Also available when the sun shines!!

Canal News The Seven Wonders of the Waterways

Canal News

The Seven Wonders of the Waterways

School’s out and the sun is shining – for now at least. A trip to the canal and river network is a must this summer, whether by boat, on foot or by bike. And where better to go than one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways?

Narrowboat crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Narrowboat crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

… or all 7 if you have the time!

The original ‘seven wonders of the waterways’ list was compiled by Robert Aickman (co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association) some half a century ago. This list has been revised and added to over the years, but in this article we shall remain faithful to the original.

1. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal

The lighting up of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct  Experience the thrilling feeling of being suspended in mid-air as you cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct by boat.

Thomas Telford and William Jessop’s awe-inspiring aqueduct is a Scheduled Ancient Monument; a Grade I Listed structure – and in June 2009 became a World Heritage site, putting it on an equal footing with the Great Barrier Reef and Statue of Liberty. The aqueduct, taking the Llangollen Canal over the beautiful River Dee valley, is 1000 feet long and 125 feet high. You can cross by boat or on foot – and although boaters have nothing but a sheer drop on one side of them, the towpath is mercifully protected by a set of railings.

2. Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Standedge Tunnel, Huddersfield Narrow CanalThe longest, deepest, and highest canal tunnel in the country, Standedge Tunnel – on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal – is nearly three and a half miles long and took 16 years to build. At 196 metres (645 feet) above sea level, Standedge Tunnel burrows 194 metres (638 feet) underneath the Pennines.

The tunnel, undoubtedly the centrepiece of the canal, is essentially an underground warren which boaters can now pilot their own boats through. Visitors and walkers can also experience this feat of 19th Century engineering on a trip boat which runs from Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre.

3. Caen Hill Lock Flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet & Avon CanalThis flight of 16 locks may be the most impressive anywhere on the UK’s waterways and were engineer John Rennie’s solution to climbing the very steep hill in Devizes.

The locks and ponds were the last stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal to be built in 1810 and form part of a longer 29-lock flight at Devizes, all packed into just over two miles. They are designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument – the same level of heritage protection given to Stonehenge.

Once you’ve successfully managed the climb (by boat or on foot) you can recuperate at the Caen Hill Café.

4. Barton Swing Aqueduct on the Bridgewater Canal

Manchester Ship Canal, Barton Swing Aqueduct

A view from the road bridge, showing the island and control tower for both bridge and aqueduct.  The Barton Swing Aqueduct carries the Bridgewater Canal (Link ) across the Manchester Ship Canal, the swinging action allows large vessels using the Manchester Ship Canal to pass underneath and smaller narrowboats on the canal to cross over the top. The aqueduct, which is the first and only swing aqueduct in the world, (Link ) is a Grade II* listed building.  Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Originally this was the site of the first stone arch aqueduct over the River Irwell, built by James Brindley. However, when the River Irwell was canalised to make the Manchester Ship Canal (‘Big Ditch’), the aqueduct had to be rebuilt to allow for larger boats to pass underneath. The solution by Sir Edward Leader Williams – unique on the waterways – was to build a swinging aqueduct.

Essentially, the aqueduct consists of a metal tank with doors at either end that is mounted on a central pillar. When required to open, the tank doors and doors to the canal at either end are closed, and then the whole tank, with 800 tons of water, pivots around the central point. The aqueduct can be seen operating daily, usually in late afternoon.

5. Anderton Boat Lift on the River Weaver and Trent & Mersey Canal

Anderton Boat Lift, River Weaver  No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat.

The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like some giant three-storey high iron spider. It was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Like all great things, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down.

From April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.

6. Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Bingley Five Rise  An 18th century engineering masterpiece, these five locks operate as a ‘staircase’ flight – in which the lower gate of one lock forms the upper gate of the next. When completed in 1774, thousands gathered to watch the first boats make the 60 foot descent. Now, over 200 years later, the flight is still in daily use providing access to 16 miles of lock-free cruising on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in the glorious scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.

7. Burnley Embankment also on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Burnley Embankment, almost a mile long and up to sixty feet high, carries the Leeds and Liverpool Canal through Burnley. The bus station and town centre can be seen to the left.  © Copyright Martin Clark and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Known principally for its industrial past, Burnley is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England and is also home to one of the seven wonders of the waterways, Burnley Embankment. This mile-long stretch of embankment carries the Leeds & Liverpool Canal through the centre of the town, up to 60 feet above the buildings below.

Canal News – Olympic Torch Relay

From Waterscape.com


Olympic honour for Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

7th Nov 2011

Thomas Telford’s magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct has been named as one of the alternative modes of transport that will be used during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. The aqueduct is one of just a few landmarks on the route of the Olympic Flame announced today by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The Olympic Flame will travel over the aqueduct on 30 May 2012.Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal – 1984

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a 38 m high and 307 m long navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in Wrexham in north east Wales. Completed in 1805, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, a Grade I Listed Building and a World Heritage Site.

  © Copyright Helmut Zozmann and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Vince Moran, British Waterways’ operations director, said: “We are delighted that the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site is to form part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route. It is great to see that such a unique part of the UK’s heritage will be involved in this momentous occasion in the same year that the canals and rivers in England and Wales are set to be put into trust for the nation.”

Unique canal landmark

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “We have worked hard to devise a route that achieves proximity to people while taking in the diversity of the UK’s landscape and landmarks. By taking in this area and Telford’s alternative mode of transport we are doing just that. This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Wrexham to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers.”Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal (1997)

Completed in 1805, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, a Grade I Listed Building and a World Heritage Site.

  © Copyright Graham Hogg and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. The Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine. It will end by travelling down the River Thames to the Olympic Stadium, arriving on 27 July 2012 for the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

It has also been confirmed that the torch will travel by canal boat through the Black Country Living Museum on the Dudley Tunnel Branch on 30 June 2012.Narrowboat emerging from Dudley Tunnel

Dudley Tunnel on the Birmingham canal is not open to craft powered by internal combustion engines. This electrically powered tour boat is emerging stern first.
The narrow tunnel was completed in 1792 and is 3154 yards in length.

  © Copyright Stuart Logan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal boat fender making course

19 November 2011 – 20 November 2011

National Waterways Museum
South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

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