A Marine Cruises canal holiday on the Llangollen Canal
A Canal Holiday on the Llangollen Canal
The Llangollen Canal climbs gradually from pleasant Cheshire farmlands, crosses ancient peat mosses and winds around pretty meres to reach the foothills of Snowdonia at Llangollen. On a one week canal holiday from our Swanley Bridge Marina base you can explore the whole of the Llangollen Canal.
The highlight of the canal for many are its aqueducts, recently awarded World Heritage Centre status. Chirk aqueduct is a sturdy stone built construction with ten masonry arches, but at Pontcysyllte the cast iron trough that contains the water is carried on narrow stone piers 126 feet above the River Dee. The view from both is, often literally, breathtaking!
Ellesmere is a market town with a mix of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings. The spectacular mere with its visitor centre is only a short walk from the town centre and the canal basin. Close by the canal enters “Shropshire’s Lake District” winding past a number of the local meres and through thick mixed woodland and emerging into rural countryside on the next part of the journey.
Whitchurch is a traditional market town well served with shops and cafes including small interesting shops selling local merchandise and crafts and handy pubs and restaurants.
Llangollen Canal facts…
Runs from Hurleston Junction near Nantwich to Llangollen
Junctions Shropshire Union canal at Hurleston, Montgomery Canal at Frankton near Ellesmere.
Length 44 miles
Aqueducts 2 – Chirk & Pontcysyllte