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Llangollen Canal Walk

Cheshire, Denbighshire, Wrexham

79 km / 49 miles
This canal towpath walk initially follows the Shropshire Union Canal to Hurleston Junction where access is gained to the Llangollen Canal. Passing Whitchurch, Ellesmere, and the junction with the Montgomery Canal, it continues beyond Chirk, Trevor and Llangollen. Walkers can also cross the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

JANUARY 2024: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, east of LLangollen, will be closed between 2nd January and 15th March 2024 for essential maintenance work. During this period there will be no access to either the towpath or the canal itself. The LLangollen Canal Walk will need to use the B5434 alongside the aqueduct as an alternative.
UPDATE March 8th 2024:The Canal & River Trust say that the aqueduct (and towpath) will re-open on schedule by March 15th 2024.


Path Type: Anytime Challenges
Attributes: Anytime Challenges
Industrial History
Start: SJ649523 - Nantwich, Cheshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SJ196432 - Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen, Denbighshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Canal & River Trust - Llangollen Canal Canal Junction - Llangollen Canal Shropshire Union Canal Society - Interactive Map

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Julia Bradbury's canal walks  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2011 )
General Interest Book Four Counties & the Welsh Canals: Waterways Guide 4 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)  (HarperCollins  - 2023 )


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Route Profile:

78.4 km (48.7 miles)
584 m (1,916 ft) ascent
116 m (381 ft)  maximum height

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