A great destination for a week’s holiday, the return trip should take just a week (40 hours cruising) and takes in a total of 34 locks. Chirk’s main visitor attraction is the 700 year old Chirk Castle a magnificent marcher fortress built by Edward I and now owned by the National Trust. A shop and licensed tea room are on site. The aqueduct at Chirk was, like the one at nearby Pontcysyllte
, built by Thomas Telford and finished in 1801 with ten arches and 70’ height.
At it’s northern end the canal enters the quarter mile long Darkie Tunnel. Chirk was also an important staging post on the London to Holyhead mail road. The Poachers Pocket is a popular and friendly pub offering real ale and serving restaurant food all day. For friends or passengers who have to rush back to work there is a train service back to Nantwich from Chirk via Chester and Crewe.