Sightseeing: Chirk Aqueduct

With views of the Ceriog Valley, Chirk Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford for the Llangollen canal is one of Chirk’s little gems!   Walk, kayak, SUP or even canal boat  over the aqueduct and enjoy the stunning scenery….

Chirk Aqueduc
When the sun catches the water – it’s beautiful!

It’s one of my favourite places to visit after I’ve popped to a nearby cafe which does great pancakes and good strong Wifi.  The most quietest times to go are Monday – Thursday before 10am. Bring your camera and capture  the stunning back drop or the frequent canal boats that pass through.

Chirk Aqueduct
Stroll over the aqueduct

Chirk Aqueduct was one of the first parts of Wales I discovered when I used to pass through to get to Oswestry to see friends.  I found it super strange how the train route takes you from England into Wales and then back out to England to finally reach Oswestry by bus or taxi.   My favourite part of the train ride was approaching the Ceriog Valley and looking down from the train to see the walkers bewildered at the beauty of the aqueduct and surrounding area. This felt like I’d officially left the hustle and bustle of the city!

Ceriog Valley
The train bridge…

What I didn’t realise at the time is, it would soon become one of my most visited places- since I live nearby.   I’ve strolled over it a number of times now and it’s a poplar dog walking spot. Next summer I’d love to kayak it.  Although I’m not too sure of the long dark tunnel at the end – 1200 ft in length. I have attempted it but as well as not being able to see anything (torch recommended) we came across a ‘wet patch’ and my mind insisted part of the pathway had gone under the canal. I turned back! It probably hasn’t as I see people coming and going all of the time but imaginations and all…

Chirk Aqueduct
The scary (ish) tunnel…

 

Where’s your favourite local place to visit?

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. treksandtors says:

    Has to be this place for me, https://treksandtors.co/2016/10/18/cadover-bridge-shaugh-bridge-and-wigford-down/, go at least once a year, usually in the winter and its only 20 minutes in the car to get there.

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    1. It looks lovely. I love the NT – they certainly look after our landscapes!

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  2. What a stunning place, you’re lucky to live so close. I love your photo of the train bridge with the luscious green countryside in the background. I hope you make it through the tunnel one day-I’m sure it’s not too scary really!

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    1. I took it so many times to get ‘balance’ right and I still don’t think I have haha I’d like to go back there with my Nikon. You’re right – and now I have my head torch. I’m so doing it! 🙂

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  3. That is a beautiful looking aqueduct, I have one local to me but it’s not a patch on that one.

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    1. It sure is – it’s one of the tourist attractions around here so I suspect it’s in their interest to keep beautiful looking. Thanks for stopping by. Keen to keep updated with your ‘how to shoot section.’ 🙂

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  4. Cerys Lowe says:

    We did the canal trip last year. It was lovely – a cheeky glass of red while we made our way. Just lovely.

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    1. Sounds lovely!!! I fantasise about spending Christmas on a boat, moored up here. I may just camp (and get a few weird looks!) x

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