Trust launch at aqueduct.
The World Heritage site, in Wrexham, is one of the many historic properties owned by the newly formed trust.
Set up as a charity to take over the work of its forerunner, British Waterways, the trust is formally launched today.
Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, the aqueduct is a Grade I listed scheduled ancient monument that was granted World Heritage site status in 2009, putting it on an equal footing with the Great Barrier Reef and the Statue of Liberty.
The 1805 aqueduct, taking the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee valley, is 1,000ft long and 125ft high. Such distances had never before been conquered, until Telford and Jessop decided to build the aqueduct on stone piers. Those crossing in narrow boats have compared the sensation to being suspended in mid air. To mark its launch, the trust has unveiled its first appeal, 50 projects across the nation designed to breathe new life into towpaths and riverbanks.
[bar] The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was lit in an array of colours to celebrate the launch of the Canal & River Trust, formerly known as British Waterways