GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - Trevor to Llangollen Canal Walk

8 miles (13 km)

This circular walk takes you along the Llangollen Canal from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to the nearby town of Llangollen. It's about a 4 mile walk along the flat towpath to the town and just over 8 miles for this circular walk which climbs above the canal to the north.
The walk starts from the aqueduct car park near to the canal and the Trevor Basin. From here you can pick up the towpath and follow it west through the Vale of Llangollen to the town. You then head north from the town to visit the historic Castell Dinas Bran. Here you can explore the ruins of a medieaval 13th century castle. There's also some fine views over the area from the elevated position of the castle. Near the site you can pick up the Offa's Dyke Path and follow it east towards the Panorama Walk. The route then heads south east through Trevor Wood before returning to Trevor.

Postcode

LL20 7TU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Trevor to Llangollen Canal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Trevor to Llangollen Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

A new floating café has opened at Trevor Basin where you can enjoy some refreshments at the start or end of the walk. They do a good range of meals and snacks in a delightful location. Just to the north you'll find The Telford Inn where you can enjoy a pub meal. It's located next to the canal at postcode LL20 7TT for your sat navs.
Just to the south there's The Aqueduct Inn. They have a balcony here where you can enjoy fine views of the canal and the aqueduct. You can find the pub at Holyhead road, Froncysyllte with a postcode of LL20 7PY.

Dog Walking

The route is a good one for the dog with some nice woodland trails on the return leg. The Telford Inn and Aqueduct Inn mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south east along the river from the village and you will soon come to Ty Mawr Country Park. The National Trust's Chirk Castle is also nearby and has some nice trails to follow around the grounds.

Photos

The Llangollen Canal at Trevor - geograph.org.uk - 1800129

The Llangollen Canal at Trevor

Llangollen Canal at Trevor - geograph.org.uk - 640635

Llangollen Canal at Trevor. After leaving the Pontcysyllte aqueduct the canal turns towards Llangollen in what is a concrete trough. This was built relatively recently as a solution to the continuous slippage of the canal towards the Afon Dyfrdwy (Cambrian River Dee) which had been a problem off and on since the canal was built. In places this trough is bolted to the solid rock to ensure it stays in place. (Thomas Telford and other canal engineers would have loved this technique if he had had it available 200 years ago). The durability of the concrete gets over the problem of bank erosion as well.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - geograph.org.uk - 1800135

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Traditional canal folk at Trevor Basin - geograph.org.uk - 1570275

Traditional canal folk at Trevor Basin Ladies in traditional costume aboad "Saturn" at Trevor Basin. Saturn is a unique canal narrowboat. She is the last horse-drawn Shropshire Union Canal Fly-boat in the World – originally built to travel non-stop, day and night, carrying perishable goods. Over 100 years old, she has been fully restored to her former glory. This was taken during the celebrations for Froncysyllte aqueduct becoming a World Heritage Site.

Castell dinas bran viewed from the Panorama Walk

Castell dinas bran viewed from the Panorama Walk

Castell Dinas Bran - geograph.org.uk - 326128

Castell Dinas Bran. An isolated, steep sided hill that formed an excellent defensive site for the castle builders.

Summer time in Trevor Basin - geograph.org.uk - 640584

Summer time in Trevor Basin. The basin at Trevor is now green and tranquil but it was built as a quay for the nearby brickworks, a terminus for the Ruabon tramway, and a connection to the Kynaston ironworks at Cefn.

Canal at Llangollen - geograph.org.uk - 1023524

Tree lined canal at Llangollen

GPS Files

GPX File

Trevor to Llangollen Canal Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Trevor to Llangollen Canal Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)