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For the rest of the summer we had decided we would explore Wales so our first stop was just outside Wrexham at a lovely campground but the turn into the gate was a little tight.

On our first day we decided we would go and have a look at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The aqueduct is one of the world's greatest engineering achievements. It was built between 1795 and 1805 to carry the Ellesmere Canal to link the coal mines of Denbighshire to the national canal system and the industrial heartlands. With its nineteen spans and height of 38.4 metres, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was the tallest aqueduct in the world for 200 years. This spectacular achievement was made possible by the pioneering use of cast iron and was built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop. The aqueduct is 1007ft (307m) long, 11ft (3.4m) wide and 5.25ft (1.60m) deep.

If you have the nerve (Tony didn’t) you can walk across the aqueduct as well as below it. The views and the experience were amazing.

From the aqueduct we went into the nearby town of Llangollen. The weather at started to change so we decided to enjoy a train ride on the Llangollen Railway up the Dee Valley. It was an enjoyable ride on this small tourist train. On our return we had a quick look around the town before heading back to base.



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