Here Telford tapped the River Dee for the water supply for the Llangollen and Shropshire Union Canal. The Horseshoe Falls are in an idyllic picnic area and the "Chain Bridge" suspension bridge, Kings Bridge and the complicated Bridges and Archways needed to get all five arteries through the narrowest of clefts in the valley make for memorable photos. The River Dee, the canal, the GWR Railway and a station, the London to Holyhead A5 Road and a local B road all contrive to ease their way through, cheek by jowl.
The picturesque church dates from the 7th Century. Additions have been made over the centuries, some taken from Valle Crucis Abbey which is not very far away. Robert Browning worshipped here and there is a commemorative plaque in the church. Either side of the church are two well preserved mansions. Up stream is Llantysilio Hall and downstream Bryntysilio Hall which overlooks the church and the falls. Llantysilio Green, a well-maintained parking area with toilets and picnic tables is nearby and provides a base for many walks and rambles in the area.
The River Dee below the Chain Bridge Hotel follows a geological fault line and cuts through a deep and narrow slot. Canoeists from all over the country use this testing section in their competitions.
The horsedrawn canal barge terminus is not far from here and so it is possible to do a round trip using the steam train at Berwyn Station for the return journey to Llangollen. A short walk away along the canal you will find the interesting Llangollen Motor Museum.
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