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  • Llangollen TIC , LL20 8NU

Photographing the Llangollen canal

This activity is all about using your camera or camera phone to capture how industrialisation transformed this corner of North Wales and how, thanks to the efforts of the famous engineer Thomas Telford, this change was not at the expense of the stunning Welsh landscape.

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How to get there

LL20 8BT
Public Transport Information: 
For public transport options, call Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Location Description: 
This adventure takes place at the Horseshoe Falls and on the wonderful Llangollen canal. To get to the starting point, take the A542 from Llangollen towards Ruthin, and after about 1 ¼ miles, turn onto the B5103 following the sign for the Corwen, Llantysilio and Rhewl). You will come to a junction with three road signs – for Corwen (B5103), Ruthin and Horseshow Falls (the way you’ve come) and Llantysilio and Rhewl. Make sure you keep going straight on, following the signs for Llantysilio and Rhewl. After about 200m, you’ll come to parking on your left (there is a brown sign for a picnic area, and there are also toilets available here). You may also want to check out the map of the area in the car park too. Then on foot, turn left out of the car park, and start walking towards the lovely church of Llantysilio. Take care as there are no pavements on this road.
Activity Starting Point: 
Start this activity as you turn out of the car park; you’ll start to get some great views over to your left as you walk along the road towards the church. Take care, as there are no pavements on this stretch of road, and you’ll need to be cautious of taking any shots from this position.

What you will need

A fully-charged camera phone or camera. Comfortable shoes for walking.

Useful information

How long will the activity take? : 
The walk will take around 40-50 minutes (although you’ll also need to account for the time to walk back), but you can take as long as you like to make sure you get as many great shots as you want.
Top Tips: 
If possible, try and time your visit with the so-called ‘Magic Hour’, that period just after sunrise or before sunset when the landscape can be bathed in a soft, golden light. Check your lens is clean. The lens on your mobile phone doesn’t have a cover, making it vulnerable to greasy fingerprints, which can seriously affect the sharpness and contrast of your pictures. Wipe it gently with the softest, cleanest piece of material on hand. Some of these paths can be extremely muddy, so take care and wear appropriate footwear. Parts of this walk may also be unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs.
Places to Eat and Drink: 

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