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The Horseshoe Falls mark the start of the Pontcysyllte and Canal World Heritage Site and are created by a weir designed by the famous engineer, Thomas Telford.  The weir channels waters from the River Dee into the Llangollen Canal where, 6 miles downstream, they cross the impressive Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – the centrepiece of the World Heritage Site.

The elegant weir and the beauty of the surrounding countryside have made this a popular visitor destination for many years.  The surrounding area is full of history, from the nearby medieval Llantysilio Church, to the landmarks of early 19th century engineering – the canal, the Holyhead to London road (the A5!) and the fascinating Chain Bridge.  The popularity of the area increased further with the arrival of the railway at Berwyn Station in 1865. 

The Horseshoe Falls are well worth a visit, and can be reached in a variety of ways:

On foot – less than 2 miles along the towpath from Llangollen.

By bike – along the towpath following Sustran’s Route 85 (please note that the path in the Horseshoe Falls field is a footpath only and cyclists should dismount)

By horse-drawn boat from Llangollen Wharf

By steam train from Berwyn Station on the Llangollen Railway.

By car to Llantysilio Green picnic area.

By bus  - Service no 98 (Tuesdays and Fridays only)

Why not explore the area further with the Horseshoe Quest App?  Ideal for families, this fun challenge will lead you around a 1 ½ mile trail, helping you learn about the history, buildings and wildlife of the area. 

Want to find out more about this World Heritage Site?

Visit http://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk/ 


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