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Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In Britain

Together with my wife we continue discovering Wales and this time I would like to share beautiful experience we had travelling on Llangollen canal.

Llangollen is a charming and historic Victorian border town on the banks of the River Dee in north east Wales.

It is very famous with its canal – the Llangollen, or just The Welsh as it is known to enthusiasts, arguably the most beautiful canal in Britain, certainly it’s the most popular.

Cutting through the beautiful Welsh countryside, before running alongside the River Dee, this charming canal  is over 40 miles long.

There are various trips you can take along the Llangollen Canal. Hop on a canal boat and take a ride over the towering Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and enjoy the stunning views from this section of the canal, which was awarded World Heritage Site status in 2009.

You can also take a trip on a horse drawn barge, and admire the beautiful scenery as you travel through the Welsh mountains. You can enjoy this amazing boat trip pulled by one of gorgeous heavy horses only few times a year. This was the reason we actually arrived to Llangollen that day.

This service is operated byLlangollen Wharf.

Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainA trip on a horse drawn canal boat on Llangollen wharf is a great way to spend your day
Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainThe horse drawn tour is lovely, scenic and relaxing, even in the rain

What is Horse Drawn Boat?

A horse-drawn boat or tow-boat is a historic boat operating on a canal, pulled by a horse walking beside the canal on a towpath.

This tradition goes back to ancient times, the Romans are known to have used mules to haul boats on their waterways in the UK. 

Later on boat horses were the prime movers of the Industrial Revolution, and they remained at work until the middle of the 20th century. A horse, towing a boat with a rope from the towpath, could pull fifty times as much cargo as it could pull in a cart or wagon on roads. In the early days of the Canal Age, from about 1740, all boats and barges were towed by horsemulehinnypony or sometimes a pair of donkeys.

Horse-drawn boats were used well into the 1960s on UK canals for commercial transport, and are still used today by passenger trip boats and other pleasure traffic.

The Horseboating Society has the primary aims of preserving and promoting Horseboating on the canals of the United Kingdom.

Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainSo peaceful just watching the world go by along the canal
Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainLlangollen is the most beautiful canal in Britain

This is where the horse-drawn barge starts at Llangollen Wharf with its own small tea rooms.

Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainLlangollen Wharf is one of the major attractions in the North Wales

Along your journey keep your eyes peeled for the fascinating wildlife located all along the canal side; there are lots of fish, different birds and even the occasional mussel. A stop at the end allows you to admire the Chain Bridge across the River Dee, and marvel at the man-made Horseshoe Falls. 

Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainHorse-drawn boats were used well into the 1960s on UK canals for commercial transport, and are still used today by passenger trip boats and other pleasure traffic.

It was overall fantastic experience: watching the horse pulling the barge, absolutely no other power used, and it was so peaceful just watching the world go by along the canal…

When you take two hours tour there is a 30 minutes stop next to the Horseshoe Falls, during this half an hour you can just walk around or if you would like to have a drink or something to eat lovely Chainbridge Hotel offers that. The restaurant affords a romantic and magnificent panoramic view over the river and Chain bridge of course.

Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainA gem of the Dee Valley, the Chain Bridge was originally built in 1817 by local coal merchant, Exuperius Pickering
Horse Drawn Boat Trip On The Most Beautiful Canal In BritainHorseshoe Falls is a weir on the River Dee near Llantysilio Hall in Denbighshire, Wales, about 5 kilometres north-west of the town of Llangollen

Featured image © Copyright Stephen Craven

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