Posted by: travelrat | June 1, 2016

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

'Thomas Telford'

Llangollen: 16th April 2016

We had lunch at the Bryn Howel Hotel, a charmingly adapted Victorian house, with the Llangollen Canal right at the bottom of the garden. Here. We met the Thomas Telford, a narrowboat which was going to take us for a cruise along the canal, and across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct … and I’m glad I’m just writing about it, and don’t have to speak, for I haven’t quite mastered the pronunciation yet!

The boat is named after the designer of the canal, who is also the engineer behind other works, including what is now the A5 road to Holyhead, and the Caledonian Canal, which cuts along the Great Glen, right across Scotland. Although there’s many a road or industrial estate named after other engineers, Brunel, Stephenson and the like, Thomas Telford is, as far as I know, the only one to have a town named after him!

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

This stretch of canal has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site, mainly because of the aqueduct which carries the canal, sometimes known as the ‘Stream in the Sky’ 126 feet above the River Dee, far below. The aqueduct is composed of an iron trough 1007 feet long, supported on 18 pillars, and was completed in 1805, having taken 10 years to build.

Pontcyssyllte Aqueduct 2

The only thing I missed was not having enough time to photograph it from below. That must really be an imposing sight.

River Dee


  1. […] Aqueduct, another Telford work, only a short distance away. There’s an account of that at We didn’t make the crossing on this occasion, for horses are now prohibited on the […]

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