All Water in the Welsh Borderlands

Llangollen canal - horse drawn boat
Horse drawn boat on the Llangollen canal
Horseshoe falls
Horseshoe Falls, near Llangollen

From the heights of Llanrhaeadr Waterfall, one of the wonders of Wales, to the gentle curve of the Horseshoe falls on the River Dee and over to the delightful timber framed Melverley Church on the banks of the River Severn, water streams through the Borderlands.

This is no ordinary watery landscape though! The impressive heights of the aqueducts at Chirk and Pontcysyllte are awe inspiring and a rainy summer day (they do happen occasionally in the Borderlands) will see Llanrhaeadr Waterfall at its finest in full flow.

Shropshire’s own lake district is Ellesmere and the meres around the town, settled in the ice age now offer lovely walks and boating. Maybe you would like a spot of fishing? There is excellent coarse fishing in the mere.

The Montgomery and Llangollen Canals enjoy the best of the Shropshire and North Wales countryside and are ideal for ambles along the tow paths. Whilst the Llangollen is a busy thoroughfare, take a walk along the soon to be restored “Monty’ for a more more relaxed  day out. There are a few canal side pubs too to enjoy too.  Don’t miss the chance to take a trip on the canals either. Jones the Boats will take you across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the horse drawn boats in Llangollen offer a leisurely trip along the canal.

Featured Attraction:

Jones the Boats – take a trip across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. trips daily from Easter to October.

LLangollen Wharf- Horse DrawnBoat Centre – horse drawn boat trips on the Llangollen canal and Aqueduct cruises.

Ellesmere - the mere
Ellesmere – Shropshire’s Lake District
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