Canals and Railways

Canals
Many of our guests enjoy walking the numerous local canal towpaths close to the hotel. After all the walking is mainly on the flat!

The 35 mile long Montgomery Canal joins the Llangollen canal at Lower Frankton, near Ellesmere, with 11 miles of the canal being in Shropshire. There is a wharf at nearby Llangollen where you can hire canal boats or even take a horse drawn canal boat ride over the spectacular Aquaduct at Pontcysyllte (see above picture). There is another equally spectacular aquaduct nearby at Chirk.

The Pontcysyllte Aqauduct has 18 piers 126ft high, and 19 arches each with a 45ft span. The structure is 1,007ft long, with the River Dee running beneath it. It was built by Thomas Telford in 1795 and is the largest aqueduct in Britain. It’s fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.
Chirk Aqueduct

Chirk Aqueduct, about 15 minutes from the hotel, is just downstream from Pontcysyllte. with even lovelier views. Built in 1801, this is another one of Thomas Telford’s constructions. It sits next to Chirk Railway Viaduct, built in 1848 by Scotsman Henry Robertson.

Steam railways
There are several steam railways to explore near the hotel. All provide a taste of times gone by, and in lovely scenery. The hotel can arrange advance bookings in some cases.

Railways
The Birkenhead Flyer at Llangollen

~ Llangollen Steam Railway~
A sixteen mile round trip through the beautiful Dee Valley on an original steam train. A must if you like wonderful hill scenery.

~Severn Valley Railway~
For nearly five decades, the Severn Valley Railway has gone from relative obscurity to a prominent position in British steam railway preservation. It is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of about sixteen miles.

~Telford Steam Railway~
A volunteer operated Steam Railway with friendly and informed help available and many interesting train related things to look at.

~Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway~
Opened in 1903 to link nearby Welshpool to Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway provides a superb tourist attraction. The narrow gauge allows for tight curves and steep gradients, enabling the line to follow the contours of the surrounding hills. All trains are steam hauled, and the carriages are from all over the world

~Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways~
Built in 1868 to connect the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog with the nearby slate quarries these are two unique narrow gauge railways.
The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The Welsh Highland Railway is Snowdonia’s newest railway. Trains start a spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the castle walls at Caernarfon.
They have now reopened the final section of the long-lost railway link between Caernarfon and Porthmadog. Passengers can now travel from Caernarfon through to Blaenau Ffestiniog – some 40 miles of narrow-gauge steam.

~Snowdon Mountain Railway~
Since 1869 the London and North Western Railway from Caernarfon to Llanberis had brought people to the foot of Snowdon, but the only way to reach the peak was to walk. So it was declared that the next extension must go to the top of Snowdon. So on the 16th November 1894 the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Co. Ltd was formed to build the railway. The narrow-gauge, rack-and pinion, steam driven trains take you on a spellbinding journey to the top of MountSnowdon, Wales (and England’s!) highest mountain, at 3,560ft above sea level. And you don’t even need to break sweat!

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