Walking the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

4 April 2013

I seem to like visiting hard to pronounce Welsh places don't I? Pontcysyllte (pont-ka-sil-ty) Aqueduct has World Heritage Status which was a good enough reason for us to visit it, as well as getting to walk across the 'Stream Across The Sky'. Slightly terrifying but Max and I were up for it.

I have broken my friendship with our satnav. She continuously tries to make life difficult for me, makes driving scary and wants us to drive over as many fields as possible. Not cool. Before I got angry with her, I set her to take us to Pontcysyllte and of course, she sent us on the smallest minor roads as she possibly could. Considering how snowy it is here and how hilly the area was, this was very scary.


My face looked like this most of the time.


Finally after trying to throw the satnav out of the window, we arrived at Trevor Basin, the hub for the canal. We were lucky that it was a beautiful day again and it all seemed very lovely with the canal boats everywhere.


Then came the aquaduct. It is 126ft high so not for the faint hearted, and canal boats cross over with one edge of the bridge without a rail. Pretty scary. Our walk started well.



Little Max enjoyed the views and we walked the 1007ft long length of the crossing. We then enjoyed a nice walk of the canal towpath,  Max running after the ducks with his scariest face (he relies on these tactics when most of the ducks are bigger than him).


Then came the crossing back over the aquaduct. It. Was. Windy. As. Hell. Max decided that he didn't like this crossing. So I had to carry him the whole way.



This is possibly the funniest photo ever? I think it explains my fear at this point. I don't have a fear of heights, but with no rails the other side, serious gale force winds and a canal next to me, whilst holding Max...well it was pretty scary.


It was such a fun experience however and worth the rollercoaster style fear. You can cross in a canal boat of course which I did consider. Max was flat out in the evening, once again. All these long walks we've been doing are a serious workout for his little legs!

-Tamsin xxx


  1. you are brave, i'd just flat out refuse to go anywhere near that bridge xx

  2. ah! i've been over that aqueduct so many times.
    the road looks really clear in that photo, a lot worse a few days before! beautiful photos, love to see my home area in pretty photos :) x

  3. I don't think i would have made it over that bridge, and i know my dog wouldn't have either! It looks like a great experience though!

  4. This looks like a lovely day out! I hate my Sat Nav too! She once took James and I through a field that turned out to be a private farm! Awful!

    That Canal looks pretty scary to me! Especially in the wind! Bless Max, i'd of had to carry Bella too i think! xx


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