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Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen

The flat, easy path follows the Shropshire Union Canal towpath as it runs parallel with the river and the restored Llangollen Steam Railway line.

Distance: 3 km/2 miles
Difficulty: Easy (short and level)

The Horseshoe Falls is a picturesque semicircular weir designed by the famous engineer Thomas Telford in 1806 to supply water to the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. Until the coming of the railways, the canal was busy with narrowboats carrying slates to Birmingham and London. Unfortunately, the canal took so much water from the river that many of the mills on the river Dee went out of business.

Upstream of Llangollen, the Dee valley narrows to cut between the Llantysilio Mountains and the Berwyns. Here, a historic succession of transport routes crowd together through the gap: the river, canal, railway and Telford’s London-Holyhead A5 trunk road. Today, all four can be seen at Berwyn. But while the road remains busy, the river, canal and railway now carry only seasonal tourists.

Look Out For … The water in the canal feeder is just right for fish and ducks. Look carefully and you should see roach, bream and eels among the weeds. Most of the ducks are common mallards, though some are crossbreeds with white farmyard ducks. Watch out for ducklings, too, in May and June.