After six months’ preparation the area around the intake and meter house at the Horseshoe Falls has been transformed to create an improved visitor welcome.
The Lengthsman Hut and stop plank shed has been full restored and an interpretation panel installed, the railings and down pipes on the meter house have been rubbed down and repainted along with the installation of further railings around the intake. The work was undertaken by the Our Picturesque Landscape project, which is a landscape partnership scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund based in the Dee Valley and supported by Canal and River Trust.
The work has been made possible by Welsh Government’s Brilliant Basics capital fund, which is supporting local authorities and national parks to deliver the improvements which will benefit both communities and visitors, will support projects to help alleviate pressure in areas that are seeing increased visitor numbers.
Our Picturesque Landscape Partnership Officer Kate Thomson said: “Thanks to Welsh Government Brilliant Basics and National Lottery Heritage funding, the area around the intake and the meter house has been transformed to create a much improved visitor welcome.
“To celebrate this, we formally opened the Lengthsman’s Hut to the public for the first time. It has been closed up for many years and after a full restoration has been furnished as if the lengths man who would have been responsible for the maintenance of a section or length of canal has just popped out to work and will be back shortly! The Lengthsman’s Hut can be found opposite the meter house on the canal towpath.
“We are keen to recruit volunteers to open it up going forward if anyone would be interested in helping please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01824 706163.”
Llangollen county councillor, Karen Edwards said: “I was delighted to be invited to the opening of the Lengthman’s Hut and meet the team involved with the picturesque landscape project. It’s so important to restore and preserve these buildings that are part of the heritage of the Dee Valley.”
Welsh Government Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We’re very aware of the important part that local tourism amenities have on someone’s overall experience when on a day trip or on holiday. These facilities often go unnoticed, but they are an important part of people’s experiences when they visit Wales, while also benefit those who live in the area”.