Built by Thomas Telford in 1801, Chirk Aqueduct is 25 minutes from Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel
Chirk Aqueduct is part of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Llangollen Canal World Heritage site, which stretches from Chirk to the Horseshoe Falls in Llangollen itself. And 1.43km of the canal leading through Chirk Bank to Gledrid Bridge is also an Ancient schedule monument in its own right.
A terrific place for family outings, it’s one of the best places in the country to see awe-inspiring canal architecture. It’s also the only place on our waterways network where you can stand with one foot in England and one foot in Wales as it straddles the border between the two countries.
Completed in 1801 by William Jessop and Thomas Telford, the aqueduct is 710 foot (220 m) long and carries the canal 70 feet above the beautiful River Ceiriog across 10 circular masonry arches. Just along our towpath, Chirk tunnel (known locally as ‘The Darkie’) was one of the first in the UK to have a towpath. So if you’re feeling brave take a trip into the dark.
The Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal must be one of the most spectacular and scenic canals in Britain. The canal is fed from the River Dee at the Horseshoe Falls just out of Llangollen.