Llangollen to Old Chain Bridge along Canal Towpath

LLangollen to Chain Bridge Canal Towpath Route.

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A 5 mile cycle route including the return journey to one of Llangollen’s land marks ‘The Old
Chain Bridge’ taking you from Llangollen along a canal towpath to the Old Chain Bridge and back enjoying the wonderful views in The Dee Valley as you cycle along the towpath. A flat route, but the surface is in places rough gravel so would not recommend doing this ride on your prized road bike. You can get refreshment at both ends of the cycle ride, at the wharf at the start and the Chain Bridge Hotel next to the bridge. Make sure you take care when cycling near water and give way to pedestrians. On some canal towpaths you may require a permit issued by British Waterways. You download your FREE permit by clicking on the link on our home page.
From the Canal Wharf on Wharf hill in Llangollen cycle to your left along the canal towpath with the canal on your right hand side as you cycle along. After about 100 yards you will pass the mooring/passing area for the canal boats on your right hand side and then as you cycle along you will notice the railway line running alongside the towpath on your left with the sidings with all the old carriages and engines from the by-gone steam age. The railway is in fact a steam railway and you can usually get a trip on a steam train most days from the centre of Llangollen, next to the bridge. As you cycle along the towpath you can also enjoy an abundance of wildlife on the canal.

As you cycle along the towpath you will pass under a couple of stone bridges and then after about 2 miles you pass the Motor Museum on your left. Just after the Motor Museum the towpath has a tarmac surface as you approach the Chain Bridge Hotel. When you reach the Hotel you will see the Old Chain Bridge on the left next to the Hotel. You can if you wish enjoy some refreshments and relax at the side of the River Dee before your cycle journey back. If you wanted to continue further you can continue along the towpath to ‘The Horseshoe Falls’.

Llangollen Canal near Chain Bridge

Llangollen is a beautiful welsh tourist town standing on The River Dee with Castell Dinas Bran standing high above the town. The bridge in the centre of the town which crosses the River Dee was built in 1345. Llangollen also has a fantastic steam railway which runs daily in the holiday season up and down the banks of The River Dee. You will find plenty of establishments to get refreshments in Llangollen with plenty of shops, cafes and pubs in the town.

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