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Froncysyllte Denbighshire Wales
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The spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site, is located in North East Wales close to the town of Llangollen. It carries the Llangollen canal over the valley of the River Dee between Trevor and Froncysyllte. A masterpiece of engineering the aqueduct has been proposed as a World Heritage Site. In 2005 it celebrated its bicenteenary, with a 16 gun salute, a Napoleonic battle re-enactment, music and fireworks. The Aqueduct is truly a spectacular sight, carrying the canal 126 feet above the river in cast iron troughs mounted on 19 masonry arches. The aqueduct is 1007 feet long, 11 feet wide, and 5 feet 3 inches deep and the mortar used in the construction comprised of lime, water and Ox blood. It was built by the famous civil engineer Thomas Telford and supervised by the more experienced canal engineer William Jessop. There is a footpath cantilevered over the canal with a hand rail but there is no hand rail on the Barge side, just the edge of the trough and a sheer drop. So take care!
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