They call it 'the stream in the sky.'
Dare you cross it? And can you do it without looking down?
You can walk across Pontcysyllte, or save your legs and take a leisurely boat ride.
But there's one thing you have to take with you. A camera. The views are something else.
Pop into our visitor centre too, to take in some information about the history of the aqueduct.
Just by way of a taster:
•Pontcysyllte means 'the bridge that connects'.
•There are 18 piers 126ft high, and 19 arches each with a 45ft span.
•To keep the aqueduct as light as possible, the slender masonry piers are partly hollow and taper at their summit.
•The mortar was made of oxen blood, lime and water. Kind of like treacle toffee.
•The aqueduct holds 1.5 million litres of water and takes two hours to drain.
•The structure is 1,007ft long, with the River Dee running beneath it.
•The work was undertaken by Thomas Telford and supervised by the more experienced canal engineer William Jessop.
•The first stone was laid in July 1795. It was completed in 1805 using local stone.
•This is the largest aqueduct in Britain. It's fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.
•The water runs through an iron trough that measures 11ft 10ins wide and 5ft 3ins
My Friend Muthaiya Arrived thanks to the he walked from the carpark we met a guide ready to start a little tour.
Below a little side pen to park canal boats to repair them
Fantastic perspective of the aqueduct
A stone describing the aqueduct in both Welsh & English
Scary walk ....
The view from the aqueduct across the valley
...with the view down into the river
A view of another aqueduct in the distance
More info on the aqueduct http://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk/
Love the picture below of this sky train
er....it is pretty high
Along the aqueduct is a metal railing but note the worn notch in the metal rod from the ropes which guided the horses pulling the canal boats...
One of my favourite views - a group of very colourful kids in kayaks come paddling down
Eeeekkk sheer drop - will someone please call Health & Safety immediately
|Sheer glassy surface of the canal|
Wow look at the length of the aqueduct