Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Truly one of the wonders of the industrial age, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct strides across the Dee Valley, taking the Llangollen Canal flying through the air. Telford took the precaution of building a scale model (which now stands isolated in a field in Shropshire), but he nonetheless astounded the world with the audacity of his invention. Even today, the first sight of the bridge usually prompts a gasp of wonder.

The aqueduct is open to pedestrians – as long as you have a reasonable head for heights, you can wander along the towpath next to narrowboats, in what is a strange juxtaposition of space and water!

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is between Trevor and Froncysyllte, just half an hour from Higher Farm.