Facts about the image, Pontcysyllte Aquaduct
This view looking along the aquaduct has been created during the white easter of 2013 as can be seen by the snow lying at the bottom of the River Dee Valley and on the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct itself. The setting sun has caused the stone piers of the aquaduct to glow in the golden light bringing out the all the colours of the stonework in the best possible light. Shot with a large format camera on 4″x5″ film all the detail of the both the stonework in the piers and in the nuts and bolts holding the steel trough together at the top of the aquaduct has been rendered clearly visible in an way that it is only possible with this type of camera.
The Pontcysyllte Aquaduct is part of a world heritage site stretching 11 miles from Gledrid Bridge near Chirk to the Horseshoe falls above Llangollen. Constructed by Thomas Telford and William Jessop between 1795 and 1808, the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct remains to this day the highest navigable aquaduct in the world. At 1007 feet long (307m), 11 feet and 10 inches wide (3.6m) and 5 foot 3 inches deep (1.6m), the aquaduct is a daunting task for many narrow boat mariners, to add to the challenge and thrill of crossing the aquaduct which links England and Wales there is only a handrail on the towpath side and a 126 foot drop (38.4m) for anyone stepping off their vessel on the wrong side.