Llangollen Canal

57 Miles, 4 Locks, 1 Week Cruise

A very pleasant and easy route. Traveling first to Llangollen you cross the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 120 feet above the River Dee. After this the canal perches on the side of the lovely Dee Valley up to Llangollen itself.

The Llangollen Canal, which winds through the Great Bristish countryside as it crosses the Welsh border, is probably best known for its unrivalled beauty. Chirk Marina is brilliantly situated in between two stunning aqueducts Chirk Aqueduct and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, both built by Thomas Telford in the 19th century. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a world famous structure, standing at 126 feet high above the River Dee and stretching over 1,000 feet long; it is the tallest bridge of its kind in the UK.

Heading south of our hire base, Chirk Aqueduct marks the crossing into English territory, as you head towards the market town of Ellesmere approximately 6 hours away from Chirk Marina. Unlike the journey to Llangollen, this route include 2 locks, though this shouldn't pose a problem, even for beginners all it takes is a little elbow grease! In Ellesmere, you'll find a host of traditional pubs to grab a drink and or a bite to eat, and this pretty town also marks the start of Shropshire's Lake District, a series of beautiful lakes visible from the canal.

If you wish to continue past Ellesmere, you can typically reach Whixall in time for your return if you are on a one week narrowboat holiday. Beyond this point, you would need to look at a longer period of hire.

With so many things to do and see on a narrowboat holiday on the Llangollen Canal, it is perhaps no wonder that this is the most visited canal in the UK, and choosing Crest Narrowboats as your holiday provider is certain to leave you with a smile on your face.