Llangollen Canal & Dee Valley


Mountain biking in the Clwydian Hills, Wales  (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

Mountain biking in the Clwydian Hills, Wales (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

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Why Go To The Llangollen Canal & Dee Valley?

Just some of things you can do on the Llangollen Canal & Dee Valley that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Get into the glorious hills of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB
  • Barge over the world's highest waterway, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (a UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Raft, float, boat on the River Dee

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.

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88 miles of bargeable waterway crossing the England-Wales border, the Llangollen Canal is rightly famed for Teflord's ‘stream in the sky’, the vertiginous and barely-pronounceable Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The River Dee, connecting the Welsh Marches to Snowdonia, has some great rafting. The river and canal near Llangollen belong to the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB, one of the finest (but less visited) landscapes in Wales. Offa’s Dyke and the accompanying national trail pass through. Highest point: Moel Famau (562m).


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The essential journey here is the Offa's Dyke Path, one of Britain's national trails, a brilliant route connecting the north and south coasts of Wales alongor close to the English border.

 View from Mynydd y Gaer (to the Plâs-uchaf reservoir)...


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Getting To The Llangollen Canal & Dee Valley, Maps & Guides

Getting there: A drive of around 3 hours from Cardiff, 1.5 hrs from Manchester, or 3.5 from London. Train - 2.5 hrs from Manchester, 4 from London and again Cardiff not really worth considering.

Travel times from where you are: See the Llangollen Canal & Dee Valley on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: No dedicated guidebooks - best bet is the Rough Guide to Wales or Lonely Planet's equivalent.

Walking route guidance: Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB walking guide or Offa's Dyke Path national trail.

Tourist board: Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB or Visit Wales.

Even More Llangollen Canal & Dee Valley Adventure Inspiration


Read all about the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage site. Of course, the BBC's Ramblings podcast has been to these parts, the Clwyd Hillforts to be precise. Great cycling intel from Ride North Wales.


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