Autumn shades along the Llangollen Canal

Here's a blaze of autumn colour reflected in the Llangollen Canal, near Ellesmere.

Autumn shades along the Llangollen Canal

Moments earlier some very noisy ducks had been making ripples in the water, so I had to wait for them to move on before I could get my shot.

This is my favourite stretch of the canal, which crosses the border between England and Wales.

It links Llangollen in Denbighshire with Hurleston in Cheshire, passing through Ellesmere and Whitchurch in Shropshire.

The canal was designed by William Jessop and Thomas Telford, who used new techniques to cut through rugged terrain and cross two valleys.

Their great aqueducts, tunnels, bridges, cuttings and embankments - most of which can still be seen today - marked a significant stage in the evolution of transport.

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