You never really think of canals having starts and ends. You just assume they go somewhere and link to some other navigation system. But the Llangollen canal has a definite start/end. Telford designed a horseshoe shaped weir across the River Dee just a couple of miles upstream of Llangollen to feed his canal
And so the canal starts/ends at this point, where the water is controlled
It's a pleasant couple of miles along the towpath from Llangollen, with tourist-laden horse-drawn narrow boats adding to the attraction and a steam railway tantalisingly heard but not seen just tens of metres away behind the trees.
Although even the horses need to stop for refreshment sometimes
Just before the canal ends, the Chain Bridge Hotel nestles between it and the Dee
So called because of the famous chain bridge that spans the river here. I hadn't realised that safety concerns had closed the bridge for years before it was restored, as late as 2015
Fond memories of the hotel, as an under-age 17 year old I got horribly drunk here on Bacardi and Coke (never had one since!) and recall wandering down onto the rocks to be somewhat ill into the river. Not a particular clever idea, a drink wandering slippery rocks on a teeming river, was it?