The Llangollen Canal information page
This is the most popular cruising route by far. For the most part, boaters aim to take in the amazing views from atop the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct en route to Llangollen. However some of the scenery before this point is simply stunning – not least the wooded lakeland scenery around Ellesmere. All in all an excellent choice of route for canal boat hire. There are numerous Pubs and restaurants on this Canal to suit all tastes. Leaving Whixall, it takes around 2.5 – 3 hours cruising to reach Ellesmere.
A return trip to Llangollen is from Whixall is very leisurely in one week. In the peak summer months the progress is slower due to the popularity of the canal – which means more hours spent cruising. It really depends on how energetic you feel! There are only two locks to negotiate on your trip to the aqueduct and beyond. Therefore, the pace is very easy and there is plenty of time to stop, moor up and explore your surroundings…
The pinnacle of the Llangollen experience is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which at 125 feet above the fields below is more akin to flying than cruising! Between Whixall and Llangollen you can enjoy the lakeland scenery of Ellesmere and the open countryside of North Shropshire. Ellesmere itself has some nice pubs such as the Red Lion and the White Hart. Further on – at Hindford is the newly reopened Jack Mytton – great for real ale and food – with outside seating overlooking the canal. As this is a popular spot, it is a good idea to moor just before bridge 11 and walk a short distance to the entrance adjacent to the beer garden.
As you pass into North Wales via Chirk Bank, “The Lion Quays” and “The Poacher’s” on the canal side are worth visiting for lunch, dinner or just some good beer.
Just beyond the Chirk aqueduct and tunnel you can moor up and walk to Chirk Castle situated about 2 miles away.
The final stretch of the Llangollen Canal from the Trevor Basin directly after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is narrow and shallow all the way to Llangollen with scenes of open hilly pastures.
The view above is looking back from the Trevor basin on the Llangollen side of the Pontcysyllte aqueduct.
The Pontcysyllte aqueduct pictured here by one of our recent boaters. Below is an interesting shot of David navigating the aqueduct aboard ‘The Pussycat’. To the right of the picture is a drop of around 125 feet. Even in Autumn the scenery is quite outstanding which helps make Llangollen Canal a great favourite with boaters.