Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen

by In Reach Of The Skies September. 14, 2021 153 views

We were holidaying fairly near Llangollen last month and saw the sign to Horseshoe Falls en route elsewhere. We detoured for a 'quick look' and ended up spending most of the day in the area with the original plan being kicked in to touch.

The falls are artificial and are actually a man made weir designed to extract water from the River Dee and divert it in to a canal. The canal is the Shropshire Union canal and this is where it starts. The weir was co - designed by the engineer Thomas Telford whose role in building the canal was accepted despite the fact that he had no previous experience!

This is a road bridge that crosses the canal and River Dee. At the far end is a railway bridge that crosses the road bridge.

This is a road bridge that crosses the canal and River Dee. At the far end is a railway bridge that crosses the road bridge.

A little further down the canal is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which was also a Thomas Telford design. It carries an early navigable section of the canal and gets quite busy as it is single file traffic. The whole area is recognised as a world heritage site.

We crossed over the viaduct, which is a tight squeeze with two way pedestrian traffic and came across a monument to the local limestone mining industry of days gone by.


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David Nurse 2 days, 12 hours ago

Great images. I enjoyed the narrative. Thanks.

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Brian Scott 3 days, 3 hours ago

You're brave walking across the viaduct, no way I could but, it's a beautiful area, nice shots

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Marcus Smith 3 days, 6 hours ago

Looks absolutely lovely there. Nice pics as always 👍😎

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Marcus Smith 2 days, 23 hours ago

Thanks Marcus. Hopefully have some aeroplane pictures at the weekend 🙂

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