Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Light at the end of the Tunnel

This is the view from half way along the Chirk Tunnel. This tunnel was created in 1805 so that the new canal could approach the Ceiriog Valley at a reasonable height. This tunnel is 421m long. At the centre of the tunnel you can just make out that there is light at both ends. It is pitch black but there is a walkway with a handrail that goes alongside the canal. Not in itself an entirely pleasant experience, but at least it wasn't raining! Having walked the tunnel one way, you may then be reluctant to return. If you scramble up the bank then you can return by road, but it is a long way round.

Looking south along the tunnel from the centre.

Looking north from the same point.

This is the entrance to the tunnel from the south, just across the Welsh border.

This is where the canal emerges into the light at the north end.

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