Basket Weaving and a “River in the Sky”, North Wales

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

After leaving your hotel or cruise ship, we head to North East Wales.  Wales, although part of the UK, has its own culture and identity.  Speaking the oldest living language in Europe and with more castles than you can shake a sword at, you’ll be heading into one of the most rural parts of the UK today.

Go back 200 years however and it was quite a different story.  Wales was the key driver of the Industrial Revolution, but your first stop today is to the pretty Welsh village of Bangor on Dee. The Johnson family started out fishing for eels on the nearby river Dee in ancient coracle boats – circular and made of willow which they sourced locally. Today they have turned their skills to making all kinds of quality baskets and furniture.  You’ll have a demonstration of their skill followed by a cup of tea or coffee and a locally made scone and you’ll have time to browse the wonderful goods on sale.

We head next to the A5 historic route, opened in 1826, and this takes us along the picturesque Dee Valley to the bustling and ancient market town of Llangollen.  Your guide will take you on a town orientation and then you have time to explore and have lunch before we head for our final adventure.  It’s all aboard with Jones the Boat for a 45 minute trip along the Llangollen canal in a traditional narrow boat, now converted for your comfort.  You’ll travel at a stately 4 miles per hour across the magnificent River in the Sky or in Welsh Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.  Wales’ newest World Heritage Site and a wonder of engineering when it was opened in 1805.  We cross the river Dee 126ft high twice (!) before you’ll have time to relax with a coffee before our return to your ship or hotel.

This tour is available as a cruise ship tour from Liverpool, or a full day coach tour from Chester, Bodelwyddan or Llandudno.