Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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One of the most scary places I've ever been!

As I said in my last post, today I drove G to the station in Ruabon to catch the train to Manchester. We planned to have some lunch en route at the Rhug Estate takeaway, last year's winners of the BBC Food Programme award for best fast food and home to a herd of bison, one of which can be seen in the icon.

I wasn't sure how long the journey would take because it's a Saturday and we're starting to get holidaymakers coming into the area, but I was over-cautious, so we found ourselves approaching Ruabon about an hour before the train was due.

So we turned the day into a micro-holiday and turned off to look at Pontcysyllte.

Now this is one of those places that I've passed many many times before and always thought, "I must have a look at that one day." The Pontcysyllte aqueduct is a spectacular structure that takes the Llangollen canal across a deep valley.

And it is one of the scariest places I have ever been.

There is a good solid rail to prevent people walking along the towpath from plummeting hundreds of feet into the valley, though it still feels scary because the path is only just wide enough for two people to pass and so you have a huge drop on one side and a canal on the other. Quite disconcerting when it's windy, as it was today. But even worse, on the other side there are no railings! Aaarrrgh! (Did I ever mention that I hate edges and huge drops?)

Because I didn't realise we were stopping anywhere, I didn't take the camera, so had to manage with the phone again. But see what I mean about no railings on the side where the boats sail.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Llangollen

The canal was quite busy with people having boating holidays or hiring boats for the day.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Llangollen

This really doesn't do justice to the drop from the canal to the bottom of the valley, but trust me, it's an awful long way down!

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