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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: A walk alongside the stream in the sky

Pontcysyllte. It’s fun to say: PONT-KEE-SILL-TEE.

It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the first time I heard the name of Thomas Telford.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the highest and longest aqueduct in Britain

Thomas Telford is a bit of a hero in the British civil engineering scene, and the further I travelled throughout Britain, the more it felt like he was responsible for most of the roads, canals and bridges that I saw.

Looking down: the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee
Looking down: the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is one of Telford’s many creations. Standing thirty-eight metres above the River Dee and spanning a width of 300 metres, the aqueduct is the highest and longest aqueduct in Great Britain and has rather appropriately been dubbed the ‘stream in the sky’.

Just look at the views from the top of the aqueduct!

The view from the top of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
The view from the top of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

You can even walk across the aqueduct yourself – there is a footpath that runs alongside the canal that feels very safe (I was more worried about dropping my camera in to the canal than anything else!), and if you’ve got good timing, you might even see one of the canal boats pass by as they venture across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Canal boats on the Llangollen Canal
Get to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at the right time, and you can watch the canal boats cross it