It was another lovely day today and I thought before summer comes to a close (the rain clouds are already on their way) I go for a ramble around Chirk. The little town of Chirk lies near the English border and has much to offer.
To start with I made my way to the Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct. Side by side canal and railway bridge the Ceiriog Valley. The aqueduct was built by Thomas Telford, the same man who built the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and opened in 1801. The viaduct was constructed by Henry Robertson and opened 47 years later. It is quite a sight even though it is not as high as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
I decided to stroll along the Shropshire Union Canal for a bit before returning to Chirk.
With some time to spare I decided to visit Chirk Castle.
Chirk Castle is a Marcher fortress with amazing views over the English borderlands. Built in 1310 and continuously occupied ever since, it was bought by the Myddelton family in 1595 who still live there today.
The first time I walk there, usually I drive.
Obviously there is much more to see at Chirk Castle but that would take too long now. I show you some more in a separate post.