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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham

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Situated in north-eastern Wales, the 18 kilometer long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century. Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford. The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and strong, producing an overall effect that is both monumental and elegant. The property is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, and as a remarkable synthesis of expertise already acquired in Europe. It is also recognized as an innovative ensemble that inspired many projects all over the world.
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  • The aqueduct is a monument to the engineering skills at the turn of the 19th century. Even now it represents a staggering achievement that has weathered the ages. Easy to access and provides exception...  more »
  • Such a beautiful view and place. Lovely walks in area. There is a pub right near it. Very unique place.  more »
  • We went here on a windy day but it didn't stop us crossing the aqueduct. It was scary for me but my husband was ok. I just didn't look down! We had a nice tea/coffee at the small shop beside the canal...  more »
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  • Got to love this. I challenge you to summon up the courage and walk across the aqueduct, high up in the sky, with a hideous plummet below, it is truly a mind blowing experience. The views are superb, the valley below, the railway viaduct to the east. Theres is a nice walk along the valley floor beside the river and stiff climb up to the aqueduct too. Makes the view even more stunning. The path across is narrow, if you don't like making friends with strangers, maybe not for you! #cosy
  • Beautiful views and stunning architecture ,The walk across is well worth doing although you can hire a narrowboat or even take a canoe and paddle your way along it :-)
  • Incredible place to visit. Great walk alongside. Views incredible.
  • A true engineering marvel a look into the valley below treats the walker to a fine view of the sewage works which serves the local town. It still has it's origional hand raked bar screens and is noted for the unusual whaterwheel design for the sparge pipes used on the twin trickling filters
  • Wonderful walk experience across the Aqueduct. Indeed, one of the great marvels of early 19th century.

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