Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site has seen new interpretation panels installed as part of a wider project to engage people with the area's rich heritage.

The Our Picturesque Landscape project, a partnership scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund , has been working with partners from the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and Dee Valley and Canal and River Trust to develop the interpretation boards.

Exploring engineering and design feats that led to the site being designated a World Heritage Site in 2009, it tells the story of some of the pioneering engineers, artists, tourists, entrepreneurs and canal builders who have helped shape the landscape over the centuries.

The interpretation panels, produced by VisitMôr, have been installed at eight key sites across the 11 miles of the World Heritage Site, including Gledrid Bridge, Chirk Aqueduct, Froncysyllte, Trevor Basin and Llangollen, and will help give visitors a sense of place, sharing stories of local significance.

This is the first phase of new interpretive boards, and further panels will be replaced along the canal between Llangollen Wharf and Horseshoe Falls this summer.

Project Manager for Our Picturesque Landscape, Hannah Marubbi said: "There are so many special places along the 11 miles of the World Heritage Site, from Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen Wharf, Chirk and Gledrid, as well as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct itself. 

"This project has focused on telling the story of these places and encouraging people to explore the whole site."

Councillor Emrys Wynne, lead member for Welsh Language, Culture and Heritage, added: "There is a wealth of history and culture in this lovely area and I am pleased to see it recognised through this special partnership work.