The biggest aqueducts in the UK

18th February 2022

When embarking on your waterway adventure, you may hope to see some impressive aqueducts along the way. Seeing these remarkable sights of engineering are most likely to take your breath away, and are a great reason to travel along some of routes to see them.

Through this guide, we will be exploring the biggest aqueducts in the UK – and perhaps you can plan to see these feats on your next adventure.

The Edstone Aqueduct

Wondering what the longest iron aqueduct in the UK is? This remarkable viaduct stretches for 475ft. The Edstone Aqueduct stretches all the way through Warwickshire. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that this structure is over 200 years old, and construction started in 1793 the heyday of the canal era. The Edstone Aqueduct is also known for its unusual design – the towpath is set to level with the base of the trough, similar in design to Telford's aqueduct at Longdon.

Our Hilperton Marina routes feature the Edstone Aqueduct as well as the stunning Worcester landscape.

The Dundas Aqueduct

This spectacular aqueduct carries the Kennet & Avon Canal over the River Avon and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The Dundas Aqueduct was completed in 1810 by John Rennie and was named after Charles Dundas, who was the first chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company. When visiting Dundas, there is plenty to see and do – you can go cycling, walking, canoeing or dine out at the local restaurant.

Aldermaston Wharf Routes is where you will find the Dundas Aqueduct. You can also cruise the Kennet & Avon River, and explore the gorgeous scenery of Berkshire.

Barton Swing Aqueduct

The Barton Swing Aqueduct is a Grade II listed building, this stunning viaduct is a great example of Victorian Civil Engineering. This great feat hails at a great 235-feet long, and 18 feet wide. This aqueduct can hold up to 800 tons of water and is one of the wonders of the waterway world.

Marple Aqueduct

With a flight of 16 locks, the Marple Aqueduct is a stupendous sight! This viaduct is one of the steepest flights in Britain and has previously won the Heritage Green Award in 2017. When visiting the Marple Aqueduct, there are many cycling, walking and canoeing routes to explore. You can also go fishing and explore the many restaurants in the area

On our Cheshire Ring routes, you will not only see the magnificent Marple Aqueduct, but you can also experience the Anderton lift, too!

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Known as the ‘stream in the sky’, this aqueduct is a marvellous sight! On our Wrenbury Mill route, you can see a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Bask in the gorgeous natural surroundings that is Horseshoe Falls - there is so much to see and do. You can also take part in paddle sports, cycling and fishing as well as eating and relaxing. Our Llangollen & Return featured routes showcases the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the idyllic Welsh countryside.

Now that you are all clued up about the biggest aqueducts in the UK, you may want to embark on your very own canal adventure. Explore our amazing offers on our range of narrowboats, and do not hesitate to contact our specialist team for more. 

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