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Liberty Hall and Llangar Church

A leisurely walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Denbighshire, Wales, about 10.75km (6.68 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 394m (1292ft)
Loss 396m (1299ft)
Max. Elevation 550m (1804ft)
Elevation (total) 790m (2591ft)
Start & End
Corwen
Distance 10.75km
(6.68mi)
Duration ~3:30
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Created by Anonymous Walker on 17 Mar 2013
The walk begins with a steep climb to the monument above Corwen. From here a longer steady climb leads out onto the moorland of the Berwyn mountains. The return loop takes in the ancient Llangar Church. A shorter return is possible without visiting the church. The area around Corwen has recently been designated an Area Of Oustanding Beauty. 

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Waypoints

OS Grid SJ075435
From the centre of Corwen, walk along the main road towards the Post Office.
Corwen Post Office About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SJ078434
Walk up the lane by the Post office, sign posted Pen Y Pigyn.
Gorsedd Circle About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SJ076432
Stone circle which was constructed in 1919 for the druid opening ceremony of the National Victory Eisteddfod in Corwen following the first World War.
Pen Y Pigyn Monument About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid SJ080431
Breathtaking views from the lookout surrounding the monument at the top of the woodland. Built in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, and restored in 1911 for the investiture of his grandson.
Cynwyd Forest About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid SJ081427
Follow the forestry roads through the woodland. Red squirrel are known to be living in Cynwyd Forest.
Wooden stile About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SJ089425
Cross the stile (signposted) and follow the path with the fence on your left hand side. You will soon find yourself in open moorland, with magnificent views across the Dee Valley, Caer Drewyn and the lower peaks of the Berwyns
Open moorland About 0.76 km (~0.47 miles) from
OS Grid SJ093418
Take in the scenery. You are quite likely to see Buzzards and Red Kites, but also be on the lookout for Hen Harriers, Merlin and Peregrine.
Liberty Hall (ruins) About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid SJ088409
The remains of a well-built drystone building surviving up to two metres high. It was a (late-19ct?)shooting lodge, sited for its glorious views of the moors. During WW11 it was used by spotters looking for German bombers on their run-in towards Liverpool and Birkenhead.
Cynwyd Forest (S) About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SJ092403
Enter the woods following the track. Since Libert Hall you will have been headed downhill. A relief after the climbs up to Pen Y Pigyn and the hall. Did you see any strange animals up on the moorland. I forgot to tell you to look out for Llamas, believe it!
Turn right About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid SJ091399
At the bottom of the hill turn right following the forest road. But look out for the footpath marking on your right.
Berwyn Way About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SJ088400
The signposts lead you on a windy path through the woods this is part of the (North) Berwyn Way.
Open field About 0.50 km (~0.31 miles) from
OS Grid SJ084403
Cross the open field and re-enter the woods.
Tricky bit About 1.23 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid SJ072405
Make sure you walk down all the way to the farm. Look for footpath sign on your right opposite the farm which takes you uphill. This is the shorter route back to Corwen. If you wish you could continue on the (North) Berwyn Way.
High stone wall About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
OS Grid SJ067408
When you meet the wall turn right keeping the wall on your left. This looks like an ancient drovers road, with the occasional gateway of big old stones and moss covered boulders. The again that's the romantic in me, I always imagine these wide tracks with stone walls on either side as drover's roads.
The garden About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid SJ064417
You will enter a small open plateau with man made ponds, gravel walkways, and little stream. The grass is kept short and it feels like your intruding on someone's private garden. Rest assured this is the right way.
Decision point About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SJ067421
From here you can follow the forestry roads back towards Pen Y Pigyn. If you have more time you can follow the path down to the road and cross over to visit the ancient church at Llangar.
Llangar Church About 0.50 km (~0.31 miles) from
OS Grid SJ062423
The church can be dated from the late 13ct though it could possibly be as old as the 11ct Its original name of 'Llan Garw Gwyn' (The Church of The White Deer) possibly alludes to a legend dating back its initial erection. At the original site chosen for the church the builders discovered each morning that their previous days work had been destroyed. A Holy Man came to their aid saying that a new site would be revealed to them when they saw a white stag which would mark the location. Therefore the church was built on its current site as this is where a white stag was apparently seen.
Old Railway Line About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
OS Grid SJ069432
Return to Corwen via the old railway line. The line, closed in the 1960s ran from Corwen to Bala and onwards to Barmouth on the coast.

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