Friday, 15 November 2013

Llangollen Canal Walk

This is a perfect autumn walk of 2 and a half miles (if you take the bus back) from the car park at Llantysilio Green to the war memorial in Llangollen. It is a fairly flat walk, clearly marked and on a level surface which is only a little muddy in the wettest of weathers. There is much scenic and historic interest.

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A car park with loos! All free!

The first part of the walk is from Llantysilio Green to the church. It is a very quiet road, and no cars passed me.
The walk takes you above the Horseshoe Falls which were installed by Thomas Telford in order to maintain the level of the river at a fixed point so that some of the waters could be fed into his new canal.
This must be spectacular when the river is in flood.
This is a well marked cinder / gravel path.
This is the dead end of the canal, or the beginning if you are a glass half full sort of person. The building is a pump house to maintain the water level.
This is the chain-link bridge across the River Dee that gives its name to the nearby hotel.

The bridge has seen better days, and now looks like something that Indiana Jones would be forced to cross in some terrifying escape sequence. It is, of course, closed to the public, pending a long overdue restoration.

The canal path is only partially fenced off, so if you have unruly kids who can't swim then this is not for you.

In general the path is flat and has good access, so it is fairly suitable for wheelchairs if you pick your spot.

The walk takes you past the engineering works of the Llangollen Steam Railway.

The canal is popular with barges, despite being very shallow, as the canal was really designed primarily as a water feed.

The Llangollen Jetty - a good tea shop in season, and where a short barge trip can be taken.

The vista of Llangollen below the jetty.

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