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Pontcysyllte Viaduct and the River Dee Walk

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The objective of this walk is the crossing of the great aqueduct on the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. It is about 40m or 130 feet above the River Dee which flows below it and as you cross you have a railing on one side and the canal on the other. This kind of thing doesn't bother me, but some people find it intimidating. A Danish tourist just before me wrote in the comments book in the Visitor Centre that he had crossed with trembling knees!  

The walk begins in Ty Mawr Country Park that is oriented towards children and it finishes with a stroll along the Dee and back through the park. There are few footpaths and river crossings near the start, so the walk includes some walking along a B road with a wide pavement. By diverting into two villages I managed to cut this down to about 1km or twenty minutes on the road. There is one steep flight of steps from the canal down to the riverbank, but apart from that the walk is fairly level. 

Built by famous engineer Thomas Telford, the Pontcysyllte Viaduct uses an iron trough to carry the water across the valleys, supported on stone piers. Pontcysyllte was the largest engineering feat of its day, taking ten years to build.

Even today the figures for the construction are awe-inspiring. The piers are 127 feet high and support an iron trough carrying the canal 1,007 feet across the River Dee. The aqueduct holds 1.5 million litres of water. There are 19 arches, each with a 45ft span and piers 116ft high, which are partly hollow to reduce the weight.

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