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Canal de Llangollen



Récord: 74 km

Tipo: Canales




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Continente: Europa

País: Reino Unido

Localización: Une Hurleston Junction con Llangollen

Año: 1805

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:El canal de Llangollen (galés: Camlas Llangollen) es un canal navegable que cruza la frontera entre Inglaterra y País de Gales. La vía fluvial une Llangollen en Denbighshire, norte de Gales, con Hurleston en el sur de Cheshire, a través de la ciudad de Ellesmere, Shropshire. En 2009 una sección de once millas del canal desde el puente de Gledrid cerca de Rhoswiel hasta las Cataratas de Horseshoe, que incluye el acueducto de Chirk y el acueducto de Pontcysyllte, fue declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO.


Llangollen Canal

The Llangollen Canal crosses the border between England and Wales. Its combination of picturesque countryside and breath-taking engineering draws visitors from far and wide - many of whom probably don't realise how close this beautiful canal once came to closure.

The Llangollen Canal crosses the border between England and Wales. Its combination of picturesque countryside and breath-taking engineering draws visitors from far and wide - many of whom probably don't realise how close this beautiful canal once came to closure.

The majestic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the tallest navigable aqueduct in Britain, which carries the canal over the river Dee, is a masterpiece of engineering and an icon of the Industrial Revolution. In 2009 along with 11 miles of canal and its associated structures, the aqueduct was awarded World Heritage Site status.

The aqueduct stands 126 feet high and has 19 arches that span 1007 feet in total. Whether crossing on foot or by boat the drop is dramatic The aqueduct is fed from the nearby Horseshoe Falls and holds an incredible 1.5 million litres of water.

The Llangollen Canal and its surrounding area has attracted visitors for 200 years. Why not walk from the town to Horseshoe Falls at Llantisillio or visit Chirk with its pairing of aqueduct and viaduct and short but surprisingly dark tunnel.


The Llangollen Canal leaves the Shropshire Union Canal just north of Nantwich in rural Cheshire and climbs through deserted Shropshire farmlands to cross the border into Wales near Chirk. It then cuts through increasingly hilly countryside to finish alongside the River Dee tumbling out of Snowdonia, just above Llangollen. It is 41 miles long and takes at least three days to cruise (one-way), more when busy.

The Llangollen, or just The Welsh as it is known to enthusiasts, is arguably the most beautiful canal in Britain, certainly it's the most popular. The scenery varies from isolated sheep pastures to ancient peat mosses, from tree lined lakes to the foothills of Snowdonia.

Towns along the way include medieval Whitchurch with its half timbered buildings, the interesting market town of Ellesmere set in its own "Lake District", the fortified border town of Chirk and Llangollen itself, sat astride the River Dee, an ancient gateway to Wales beneath the ruins of Castel Dinas Bran.

The canal has three major engineering feats, two old, one modern. The 'pioneering masterpiece of engineering' by which the early civil engineers crossed the difficult landscape between Chirk and Llangollen has resulted in the 18 kilometre length being awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2009.

The aqueducts at Chirk and Pontcysyllte were built by the engineers Thomas Telford and William Jessop and were among the first to use cast iron troughs to contain the canal.


The Llangollen Canal runs from the Shropshire Union Canal at Hurleston Junction to Llantysilio Bridge just beyond Llangollen, where it terminates into a feeder from the River Dee. The Llangollen Canal also links to the Montgomery Canal at Frankton Junction, and is 46 miles (74km) long and has 21 locks.

There are three arms, none with any locks:

Ellesmere Arm - open - 0.25 miles (0.4km)

Prees Branch - restored for 1.5 miles (2.4km) and 2.0 miles (3.2km) derelict.

Whitchurch Arm - restored for 0.25 miles (0.4km) and 0.75 (1.2km) proposed for restoration.

The maximum size of boat that can use the Llangollen Canal is

length: 73' 10" (22.51 metres) - Grindley Brook locks

width: 7' 0" (2.13 metres) - Hurleston Bottom Lock

headroom: 7' 0" (2.13 metres)

draught: 3' 11" (1.2 metres) - cill of Grindley Brook locks

Above Trevor, the canal shallows, and boats with a draught of more than 2' 9" (0.84 metres) will struggle, though historic narrow boats with a draught of 3' 0" (0.91 metres) have reached Llangollen.

A Sanitary Station key is required for Bridge 20 (Wrenbury Lift Bridge - electric)






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