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 is an interesting Welsh town with restaurants, pubs and shops, renowned throughout Europe for its International Music Eisteddfod held annually in July. The town focuses heavily on the arts with a number of galleries, theatres, concerts and open air festivals running throughout the year. Other attractions are the horse drawn trip boat that runs to the start of the Llangollen canal at Horseshoe Falls, the steam railway that runs through the town and into the Welsh hills and just outside the town are the ancient Dinas Bran Castle and Vale Crucis Abbey.



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
Locks 21
Tunnels 2
Aqueducts 2 – Chirk & Pontcysyllte