The Pontyscyttle aqueduct which carries the Llangollen canal & towpath 1000 feet over the River Dee 120 feet below in a narrow iron trough and is both the longest & highest navigable aqueduct in the world.
The lady's pool is a particularly broad stretch of the Kennet and Avon canal designed to look like a lake and forms part of our Kennet and Avon Walk.
The partially restored Lancaster follows an interesting route into the Lake District & passes close to the sea as it provides excellent views of the Cumbrian hills.
Our route starts in the market town of Welshpool with its historic sandstone Powis Castle, attractive High Street and a narrow gauge steam railway, and follows the Montgomeryshire canal following the Severn valley. The canal is currently undergoing restoration with parts of it navigable, parts in water but not yet navigable and a section that remains dry. The towpath is continuous throughout, and the quiet nature of the canal means that there is wildlife in abundance. The route joins the Llangollen canal and the tranquil border countryside gives way to the spectacle of the Chirk aqueduct and tunnel. The canal clings to the valley of the River Dee as it runs into the beautiful Welsh hills and crosses 120 feet above and 1000 feet across the Dee on the spectacular Pontcysyllte aqueduct.
Beyond the aqueducts Llangollen is fine town beautifully located on the Dee. It has plenty of independent shops, a steam railway, historic houses and scenic walks, and is the home of the annual Eisteddfod.
5 Nights/4 Days Walking - Welshpool - Llangollen
£355 per person. Single supplement £20 per night.
‘Rest and Exploration Days’
Additional rest and exploration days can easily be arranged we would recommend the following,
Welshpool - A fine Welsh town with the spectacular sandstone Powis castle as its main attraction. The town also has its own steam railway and an interesting shops on the main streets and the narrow lanes running off it. If this is your start point why not take some more time to explore the beautiful border countryside. The railway also provides links to the Welsh coast or the mediaeval town of Shrewsbury.
Chirk - An additional rest day provides the opportunity to visit the 13th Century Chirk castle, or visit the mediaeval towns of Chester or Shrewsbury both just 30 minutes by train from Chirk railway station.
Llangollen is a pretty tourist town with lots of independent shops and plenty to see and do. You can visit the ruins of Dinas Bran Castle or Valle Crucis Abbey, the beautiful and historic gardens at Plas Newydd, travel on the steam railway, go to the motor museum or explore the river and Horseshoe Falls where the river feeds water to the canal.
Each additional night £40