Way back in August last year we travelled across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct with our friends Dot and Derek on their narrow-boat Gypsy Rover. The aqueduct is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was the UK’s nomination for World Heritage status. A news flash sent through cyber space from our boating friends confirmed that this structure is Britain’s newest World Heritage Site, after a six year campaign for recognition.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain. Built over 200 years ago by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, the 18 stone piers topped with a cast iron trough soar 126 feet above the River Dee. Over 16, 000 canal boats cross over it each year. Many people like to moor their boats and walk across the towpath in the sky for a different taste of the aqueduct. And we were there last year, experiencing both ways of crossing.
Congratulations to all concerned for the nomination and subsequent honour of such a wonderful achievement.