Destination of the Month – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a World Heritage Site, and a fabulous feat of Georgian engineering.
Built between 1705 and 1805, it is the longest and tallest aqueduct in Britain. It’s 306.9m long and 39m high, and you can walk across it, or travel across by boat.
Stand at the water’s edge and admire the boats cruising along the canal; you’ll be mesmerised. The lining of the aqueduct is remarkably thin, and there’s water leaking at one end! Crossing the aqueduct, 39 metres above ground, can be an unnerving experience, although it’s been standing for over 200 years, so it’s probably quite safe!
This fascinating structure is well worth a visit. Why not book a boat ride across the aqueduct while you’re there?
Beneath the aqueduct flows the River Dee. You can walk along the riverside here, following well-trodden paths and looking out for wildlife. Mixed habitats along the riverbanks attract otters and bats as well as more common creatures.
Beaconsfield Holiday Park
Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 4AA
01939 210370 beaconsfieldholidaypark.co.uk
OPEN All year
PRICE £25 (couple, hook-up, high season)
This luxury, adults-only campsite is in the beautiful Shropshire countryside and is ideal for walking into the Shropshire Hills. It has excellent facilities, a restaurant on site, an indoor swimming pool, a steam room, coarse fishing, bike hire, and WiFi. There’s a heated toilet/shower block.
The Shropshire Way path goes past the site, and it’s seven miles from Shrewsbury town centre, where there are festivals throughout the year. Visit the Darwin Festival in February, the International Cartoon Festival in April, or Shrewsbury Flower Show in August.