Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site


The Aqueduct as viewed from the little stone bridge upstream


The little stone bridge upstream, as viewed from the top of the Aqueduct


Pontcysyllte [Pont-ker-sulth-tay]  is the tallest navigable aqueduct in the world and carries the Llangollen canal high up over the Dee Valley.  It was given World Heritage status in 2009.  Thomas Telford and William Jessop worked on the design.  They were the greatest canal engineers of their day.  

The aqueduct comprises a cast iron trough mounted on stone pillars, spanning the valley 126 feet above the river.  It is 307 metres [1007 feet] long and has 18 piers, 39 metres [126 feet] high, and 19 arches, each with a 13.7 metres [45 feet] span.  It is fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen, and holds 1.5 million litres of water.  Each year the aqueduct is crossed by more than 15,000 boats and 200,000 pedestrians.  It is an adventure to be experienced by all.  

When I was there last week the sky was blue and Autumn had begun to appear, but it was very windy high up on the aqueduct.  I managed to walk halfway across and then had to steady myself against the railings in order to get the photograph of the little stone bridge spanning the river upstream. [There are only railings on one side and a narrow parapet for pedestrians.  Then the trough that carries the canal, then nothing – just a great big drop 126 feet down!!]


Saint Tysilio’s Church, Llangollen


And the beautiful stained-glass windows


This ancient church is dedicated to the sixth century saint, St Tysilio.

Tradition says that there has been a place of worship on this site since then.

 The present church was built in the year 1180 and, at various times, has been repaired and renovated.

The font is said to date from the fourteenth century.


The oak panelling above the sanctuary also dates from the fourteenth century.


The glass in the narrow window dates from 1460, the lower figure is James the Greater.


A beautiful blessing in the information leaflet reads:

“May your visit to this ancient church, hallowed by the prayers of many centuries, remain in your memory.

Into the gracious mercy and protection of God we commit you and yours.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, and give you peace and happiness as you go on your way.”

Monochrome Magic

Valle Crucis Abbey
The Haunted Abbey: Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen, N Wales
Out of the Mists of Time
Out of the Mists of Time: St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Poor Dead Tree, Trawsfynydd Lake, N Wales

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”


Three of the photos from my Open University Portfolio. 

The Digital Photography Course was the foundation for my photographic journey, which began in 2012

A Magic Stopping Of The Sun



“All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge, 

and walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard.

Above landscapes the colour of ripe gold.  

Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.”

Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Author

Images: View of the Dee Valley from  Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, N Wales, by Isabella Rose