A Whimsical Welsh Walkabout
Sun 8th Oct, 2017
A lesser-known route taking in fine scenery with a number of historical links in the Llangollen area, reached by a shortish approach from Manchester (M56 - Chester and then Wrexham bypasses - A539. Allow approx. 1 hour from south side of M/c).
Meet/Start Point: car park at Gr.Ref. SJ198433, just off B5103 c.2.5km NW of Llangollen, on N bank of R.Dee.
Route: Go to Horseshoe Falls via water leat path (feeder to Thomas Telford's Llangollen Canal) then head NW passing small church.Then short uphill on tarmac, leave road by gate onto paths on E side to reach Rhewl. Keep on to NW up narrow lane then track up to obvious bwlch (col) on ridge of Llantysilio Mountain. (From here, optional short climb to Bronze Age hill fort Moel y Gaer, approx. 1km round trip back to bwlch). Now head due E on obvious track up to Moel y Gamelin then on to Moel y Faen, then down to road at Horseshoe Pass (optional stop for tea/coffee at the Ponderosa Cafe if open). From rear of cafe (E side) find contouring path across steep grassy hillsides for approx. 2km heading E-wards, then S-wards passing by deserted farm at Glyn for further 2km dropping to valley bottom at Plas Yn Eglwyseg (road) Gr.Ref.SJ216463. Go up fields E to join Offa's Dyke Path at top edge of a wood then S for 1km to deep-cut side valley above Rock Farm. Climb up side valley to reach main Eglwyseg escarpment edge, then head along edge turning to SE as far as Trevor Rocks. Cut back a short way on road to T-junction then from narrow lane find grassy track uphill to Castell Dinas Bran (interesting ruins, linked to Holy Grail legend) overlooking Llangollen and Dee valley. Go down W side track from castle, zigzags, and eventually to canal side at Llangollen (another cafe here). Take towpath NW then bending SW to return to Horseshoe Falls car park. Total distance: 20/21 km.
Meet at 0915 for prompt 0930 start. All welcome.
Best map -- OL Explorer 256 Wrexham & Llangollen.
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