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April 30, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

World Heritage Site – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

World Heritage Site – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

When Thomas Telford finished his Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1805, it was the tallest canal boat crossing in the world.  UNESCO have now made this masterpiece of civil engineering a World Heritage Site — along with 11 miles of canal including Chirk Aqueduct and the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.

Waterways Forward partner, British Waterways have identified the site as an example of good practice,  CONSERVE: Management of Heritage SitesUNESCO World Heritage Site status was applied for in 2005, on the 200th year anniversary of the completion of the aqueduct. The application was successful and in 2009 the status was granted. The application process and successful achievement of status has had beneficial results. Rather than just securing the waterway’s heritage, it has led to the development of tourism in the area as well as giving voice to the local communities who have expressed an interest in becoming involved in the management of the WHS. 

A community development project has been established to bring together 11 communities along the 18 km canal corridor. This is coordinated by a community project officer. It focuses on facilitating an understanding and greater awareness of the heritage, culture and biodiversity of the canal and its corridor and encourages participation in its environmental conservation, including capacity building in conservation skills.  The overall outcome is that the potential for these type of developments to occur across other heritage waterway sites through the achievement of WHS status has been understood, and so may be applied to other sites in the future.

Source: Chris Barnett, Project Co-ordinator



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  1. Janet keefe / Jun 18 2012 12:58 pm

    I know the place well,and am pleased it has finally had recognition!
    I still cannot walk across, though!!!Please look after it for future generations.
    Telford was a genius we could do with today

    • Bert de Vries / Jul 12 2012 8:16 am

      Re: I still cannot walk across, though!!! Maybe I understand you wrong, but early June 2012 I have both sailed and walked on Chirk aquaduct and Pontcysyllte aquaduct. A great experience!

      • Janet keefe / Jul 12 2012 8:41 am

        I am sure it is just wonderful to walk or sail across ,as others assure me.I just find it frighteningly high !!!

        • Bert de Vries / Jul 12 2012 9:17 am

          OK, now I understand. Maybe try Chirk aquaduct first, accompanied by (or even attached to) a strong man that you trust?

          • Janet keefe / Jul 12 2012 9:31 am

            Need to find the strong man—and learn to trust him !,first—-then maybe?

  2. Bert de Vries / Jul 12 2012 9:34 am

    Not Mr. Bean, I suppose 🙂

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