The beautiful Llangollen Canal twists its way through the awesome Welsh hills and across the spectacular Dee Valley. No wonder it is a top choice for boaters and family visits alike. This place to visit takes in two stunning neighbouring locations – Llangollen Wharf in Llangollen town centre and the Horseshoe Falls along the towpath. Both areas are part of the 11 mile long UNESCO World Heritage Site around Pontcysylte Aqueduct and Chirk.
Telford designed the weir to draw water from the River Dee into the canal and, like so many of his creations, it only seems to enhance the beauty of the landscape around it. Today, around 12 million gallons of water are drawn in here each day from the River Dee to supply water to the canals, and to help supply south Cheshire with drinking water.
The Horseshoe Falls can be accessed from the car park and picnic area at Llantysilio Green, but it is less than a two mile walk along the towpath from Llangollen. You can also use the horse-drawn boats or the heritage railway at Berwyn Station and be just a five minute walk away.
The Falls are a lovely spot for families to explore and you can learn more about the area together by downloading the Horseshoe Quest App. This will lead you round a 1 ½ mile walk exploring local landmarks and finding out about some of the wildlife in the area.