|The Pontycysyllte Aqueduct ,looking back towards Trevor Basin|
Our walk today started with a number 5 bus from Llangollen to Trevor with Liz, Connie, Ben and myself onboard. We then walked down to Trevor Basin and over the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct, which carries the canal 126 feet above the River Dee in an iron trough 1007 feet long supported by 18 pillars. It was built by Telford between 1795 and 1805 (end of history lesson) and will be closed on November 7th - 11th for maintenance.
|Up above Pontycysyllte aqueduct|
We then walked along the canal to cross it at Froncysyllte Lift Bridge. We crossed the A5 and began the climb up the hill to walk along the top edge of the former Pen-y-Graig Quarry with lovely views from a viewpoint overlooking the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct, the Dee Valley and of course Castell Dinas Bran. We continued our walk along a track, then a road and across a field of sheep, who all stopped and stared at the dogs. It would have made a good photo but the sun was straight at us.
|The Llangollen Canal, Trevor and the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct|
At last we were walking downhill along a track around and down the hillside of Croes yr Esgob with a short stop at a viewpoint for a snack and a drink. The track overlooks Pengwern Vale and we then followed the road to pass the Outdoor Adventure Centre and climb up the hill through Pen-y-Coed Wood. At this point the hill seemed endless as we'd been walking for hours! Finally on the downhill section into Llangollen and back to the boat. Mucky boots off, coat off and dinner was already cooked as I'd left a casserole in the oven on Gas Mark 1 to cook while we were out. It was delicious!
|Another view of Castll Dinas Bran|