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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham

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The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔntkəˈsəɬtɛ]; Welsh: Traphont Ddŵr Pontcysyllte) is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee in the Vale of Llangollen in northeast Wales.

The 18-arched stone and cast iron structure is for use by narrowboats and was completed in 1805 having taken ten years to design and build. It is 12 ft (3.7 metres) wide and is the longest aqueduct in Great Britain and the highest canal aqueduct in the world. A footpath runs alongside the watercourse on one side.
The aqueduct was to have been a key part of the central section of the proposed Ellesmere Canal, an industrial waterway that would have created a commercial link between the River Severn at Shrewsbury and the Port of Liverpool on the River Mersey. Although a less expensive construction course was surveyed further to the east, the westerly high-ground route across the Vale of Llangollen was preferred because it would have taken the canal through the mineral-rich coalfields of North East Wales. Only parts of the canal route were completed because the expected revenues required to complete the entire project were never generated. Most major work ceased after the completion of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1805.

The structure is a Grade I listed building and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • Went as a couple from a recommendation. Such a beautiful place with nice circular walk around. We even found a perfect spot in the woods over looking the river for our picnic. Couldnt of found a mote....  more
    Went as a couple from a recommendation. Such a beautiful place with nice circular walk around. We even found a perfect spot in the woods over looking the river for our picnic. Couldnt of found a mote....  more »
  • This is wonder of engineering. Walking across the aqueduct is an experience, the narrowness and height of the aqueduct requires some bravery. The views from on the aqueduct are wonderful. There are... 
    This is wonder of engineering. Walking across the aqueduct is an experience, the narrowness and height of the aqueduct requires some bravery. The views from on the aqueduct are wonderful. There are...  more »
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  • Lovely Heritage site. Little Shop and museum, boat trips £3 all day car parking, main car park is short walking distance to aqueduct where you can walk alongside the canal but be mindful is it narrow pathway and can become tight when many people are visiting. Wouldn't recommend the walk across bridge if you heights is a fear. However there is some great views going across
  • Decided to visit here as I was in the area. Absolutely loved the views. It's £3 to park but that covers you for all day. Lots of steps and climbs, but you are rewarded with some stunning scenery. Would definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area

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