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Countryfile, 3 March, 2024, BBC One, “Pontcysyllte Canal.”

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This Sunday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM on BBC One, Countryfile presents an exciting new episode focusing on Pontcysyllte Canal. Hosts Matt Baker and Charlotte Smith journey to north Wales to visit one of the UK’s most impressive engineering feats — the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Built in 1795, this magnificent aqueduct holds distinctions as both the longest and highest structure of its kind in Britain. Constructed from cast iron, it forms part of the country’s expansive canal and river network. For the first time in two decades, the Canal and River Trust will be draining it as part of a major restoration project.

Charlotte delves into the history of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, learning about its architectural significance while assisting with the intricate process of draining the canal. She witnesses firsthand how skilled teams maintain and repair thousands of iron railings that span this iconic structure.

Meanwhile, Matt joins efforts to restore a nearby canal bank before exploring the diverse wildlife that calls this area home. Throughout the episode, viewers gain insights into the challenges faced by those responsible for preserving Britain’s historic waterways.

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Furthermore, Joe Crowley investigates how reductions in government funding may jeopardise these important cultural assets. He explores concerns over potential closures of some canals due to financial constraints. As spring approaches, Adam welcomes new life onto his farm.

Don’t miss out on this immersive experience with Countryfile as they showcase Pontcysyllte Canal and shed light on efforts to protect Britain’s invaluable waterway heritage. Tune in to BBC One on Sunday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM for an informative and visually stunning episode.


Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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