Chirk Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal, Wales

A Thomas Telford construction, built to carry the Llangollen Canal over the River Ceiriog.  It stands some 70ft above the river and carries the canal over the river and valley for some 710ft (220meters).  The canal was built in 1801 and was a vital link between the many coal mines in this part of Wales, with the Industrial Midlands of England.

As you can see, there is another equally spectacular viaduct alongside Chirk aqueduct.  Its completion was around 1850 and was built to carry the newer faster steam railway.  More cargo could be shipped, much quicker, than by canal barge.  Of course this ‘progress’ occurred all over the UK.  The “Age of Steam” had arrived and the canals that had played such a vital role in the industrial expansions of the time, gradually fell into decline.  A  reminder that progress at times can be short lived.


Today the canal network is leisure orientated.  The majority of the original canal network still exists and navigable.  The Llangollen Canal is particularly popular.  Spectacular scenery that straddles the English and Welch borders, travels through a World Heritage Site, and the chance to navigate the narrow high aqueduct here at Chirk, but also an even longer construction at Pontycysylite, are magnets for canal cruisers in the distinctive Narrowboats.

Progress is being made in our troubled times……. but please

 Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

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