The Llangollen Walk

The Pontyscyttle aqueduct which carries the Llangollen canal & towpath 1000 feet over the River Dee 120 feet below in a narrow iron trough and is both the longest & highest navigable aqueduct in the world.

Kennet & Avon Walk

The lady's pool is a particularly broad stretch of the Kennet and Avon canal designed to look like a lake and forms part of our Kennet and Avon Walk.

Lancaster Canal

The partially restored Lancaster follows an interesting route into the Lake District & passes close to the sea as it provides excellent views of the Cumbrian hills.

Llangollen Canal

The canal with a current

This Walk is Dog Friendly

The Llangollen is one of Britain's most scenic waterways travelling 46 miles across rural Cheshire, Shropshire and into the beautiful Welsh Hills.

The route meanders through the countryside, intersecting with pretty villages and pleasant market towns which all lead up to the spectacle of the Chirk and Pontcysyllte aqueducts.  The Chirk aqueduct takes you 70 feet (21m) above and 700 feet (200m) across the Ceirog valley.  But this is just a warm up for the Pontcysyllte aqueduct which carries the canal and towpath 1000 feet (300m) over the River Dee 120 feet (38m) below in a narrow iron trough, and is both the longest and highest navigable aqueduct in the world.  The canal acts as a water supply route from the River Dee in Wales to the Midlands which explains why it has a current! 

The route starts in the historic market town of Nantwich and follows the canal across the Cheshire plain to Whitchurch.  On the way you can stop in the pretty villages of Wrenbury and Marbury.  After crossing the historical Whixall Moss you reach the small town of Ellesmere set amongst numerous glacial lakes (meres) and retaining an old world feel with lots of independent shops and cafes.  The tranquil border countryside gives way to the spectacle of the Chirk aqueduct and tunnel with the opportunity to visit the 13th century Chirk Castle.  The canal then clings to the valley side of the River Dee as it runs into the beautiful Welsh hills and crosses high above the Dee on the Pontcysyllte aqueduct.   Llangollen is fine town beautifully located on the Dee.  It has plenty of independent shops, a steam railway, historic houses and scenic walks (if you really like walking!), and is the home of the annual Eisteddfod.

Walk Options

5 Nights/4 Days Walking Nantwich - Llangollen

355 per person.  Single supplement 20 per night.

46 miles 

4 Nights/3 Days Walking - Whitchurch -  Llangollen

305 per person.  Single supplement 20 per night.

37 miles

3 Nights/2 Days Walking - Ellesmere - Chirk - Llangollen

265 per person.  single supplement 20 per night.

25 miles


‘Rest and Exploration Days’

Additional rest and exploration days can be easily arranged we would recommend the following,

Chirk An additional rest day provides the opportunity to visit the 13th Century Chirk castle or visit the mediaeval towns of Chester or Shrewsbury - both are just 30 minutes by train from Chirk railway station. 

Llangollen Is a pretty tourist town with loads of independent shops and plenty to see and do.  You can visit the ruins of Dinas Bran Castle or Valle Crucis Abbey, the beautiful and historic gardens at Plas Newydd, travel on the steam railway, go to the motor museum or explore the river with its Horseshoe Falls where the river feeds water into the canal.   

Each additional night £40