Pontsycyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Still continuing on the canal theme, I visited the PonycysyllteAqueduct on the Llangollan canal in north Wales. The adqueduct bridges the River Dee valley and was built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop in 1795 and construction was completed in 1800. The structure is 307m long, 3.4 m wide and 1.60 m deep. It consists of a cast iron trough supported 38 m above the river on iron arched ribs carried on nineteen hollow masonry piers (pillars). Each span is 16 m wide. The trough is drained annually to allow periodic maintenance to be carried out.

Narrowboat cossing the Aqueduct as seen from below

Narrowboat cossing the aqueduct as seen from below

Narrowboat cossing the Aqueduct as seen from above

Narrowboat cossing the aqueduct as seen from above.

The supporting piers.

The supporting piers.

Aview of thhe aqueduct from the valley floor.

A view of the aqueduct from the valley floor.

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Crossing the aqueduct on a narrowboat. There’s no barrier on the outside of the trough – and it’s a long way down. Those are the tops of the trees that you can see there.

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