Llangollen, Castell Dinas Bran and Valle Crucis Abbey

Submitted by driver 16 on 06 November 2010
 
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A circular, full-day countryside walk in Wales starting at Llangollen, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych), about 12km (roughly 8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Once again, the old faithful Pathfinder Guide No. 32 'North Wales, Snowdon and Offa's Dyke'. This time walk No.24; one of my longer walks, but well worth the effort. Start: Llangollen, OS Grid: SJ215421 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 759m (2492ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1518m (4981ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 758m (2489ft)
Max. Elevation: 390m (1279ft)

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255 - Llangollen & Berwyn
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OS Grid: SJ215420
Start of the walk
OS Grid: SJ215423
After the bus ride to Llangollen, cross the road bridge over River Dee, and turn right. Then left up Wharf Hill, and cross the canal bridge to point 2.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SJ223430
From point 2, follow the path past Llangollen Grammar School. Follow the wayposts uphill (a very steep climb) to the castle. Fantastic views.
OS Grid: SJ226432
Walk east from the castle to find a stony path. Go through the kissing gate, descend the steep hillside to a tarmac lane, and turn left to follow the lane beneath limestone cliffs.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SJ214457
This is where the guidebook does not take into account new buildings; best stick to the tarmac road.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SJ207457
Stay on the tarmac road.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SJ204440
A Cistercian monastery founded in 1201.
OS Grid: SJ202438
Watch for the sign for Llantysilio church.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SJ194435
Turn left at the church, and the path to the Horseshoe Falls. Follow the canal towpath (about 2 miles); you can usually see horses drawing canal boats. This brings you back to the start of the walk.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SJ214421
Back to the start - well done!!
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