Llangollen is steeped in history. Above the town, on the north side of the River Dee is Castell Dinas Bran. Perched on top of a steep hill, it commands views along the Dee Valley from the Cheshire Plain to the East, across the town to the Berwyn and Llantisilio Mountains in the West.
Two miles or so to the North West along the A542 towards the Horseshoe Pass is Valle Crucis Abbey, founded by Cistercian Monks in 1201 and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1537.
Several hundred yards beyond the Abbey, on a knoll in the field to the right of the road, is Elisegs Pillar, a 9th century Christian memorial cross after which the Abbey is named.
Just up the Hill from the Railway Station is the Llangollen Canal, a place for peaceful walks, or less energetically, a trip in a horse-drawn canal boat.
The Horseshoe Falls is a picturesque semicircular weir designed by the famous engineer Thomas Telford in 1806 to supply water to the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. Until the coming of the railways, the canal was busy with narrowboats carrying slates to Birmingham and London.
The Daniel Adamson is based at the Albert Dock in Liverpool
Steam by rail or ship on The fully restored 1903 Daniel Adamson, which is launching this year cruises along The River Weaver and along The Manchester Ship Canal, cruises can be booked online and more details are available on the website www.thedanny.co.uk
The Danny has been a Heritage Lottery Supported project to save the historic steam ship from being scrapped. The project is run by volunteers and offers an excellent way to enjoy another steam form of transport on a unique ship which also boasts Art Deco interiors from its days of being used as a VIP passenger vessel used by the owners of The Manchester Ship Canal.
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 30/09/2016. Bartington UK. Picture shows the Daniel Adamson making it’s way under the Dutton rail viaduct on the River Weaver on its maiden voyage after a £5M renovation. The Daniel Adamson steam boat has been bought back to operational service after a £5M restoration. The coal fired steam tug is the last surviving steam powered tug built on the last surviving steam powered tug built on the Mersey and is believed to be the oldest operational Mersey built ship in the world. The “Danny” (originally named the Ralph Brocklebank) was built at Camel Laird ship yard in Birkenhead & launched in 1903. She worked the canal’s & carried passengers across the Mersey & during WW1 had a stint working for the Royal Navy in Liverpool. The “Danny” was refitted in the 30’s in an art deco style. Withdrawn from service in 1984 by 2014 she was due for scrapping until Mersey tug skipper Dan Cross bought her for £1 and the campaign to save her was underway. Photo credit: Andrew McCaren/LNP
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