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)
Start of the walk
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.
From point 2, follow the path past Llangollen Grammar School. Follow the wayposts uphill (a very steep climb) to the castle. Fantastic views.
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.
This is where the guidebook does not take into account new buildings; best stick to the tarmac road.
Stay on the tarmac road.
A Cistercian monastery founded in 1201.
Watch for the sign for Llantysilio church.
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.
Back to the start - well done!!