Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

If you’re planning a trip to North Wales this summer the Aqueduct is a great place to visit, although if you’re not great with heights you may want to give it a miss!

This weekend we decided to take a morning stroll, living in North Wales we are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking routes. My partner isn’t fond of walking so we needed to find somewhere that could hold his attention as well as mine.

The Aqueduct isn’t far from Llangollen and is a peaceful walk along the canal. There is also a FREE carpark which I find to be a rare thing nowadays. Once you have parked up in one of the two car parks, you can go straight to the aqueduct and start your walk or enjoy refreshments on the cafe boat (barge).

There are plenty of light bites available at the cafe boat including sandwiches, and warm dishes too. The food was nice and there’s a surprising amount of choice considering it’s such a small preparation area.

As well as the cafe there’s also a visitors centre, reception, and plenty of ducks to keep you company!


The area is picturesque and is very peaceful. The aqueduct itself is 38m in height and has a badge passage running alongside the pathway – which is just wide enough for two people to cross together. If you don’t fancy walking you can hire a badge for the day and enjoy the waterways. There’s also a boat trip to Llangollen (1 way) which can take up to 4 hours.

Once you’re at the highest point the view is beautiful, the image below shows the view to the lefthand side.


At the other side, the path continues to run along the canal, where there are some nice houses and quiet farmlands to enjoy. The path is quite long, so we didn’t walk all the way as the path can take you to Shrewsbury and that’s one heck of a walk that I’ll be saving for another day.

It’s a free day out for the family and can be really enjoyable.

Sophie x.