Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Covid 19

We regret that due to the present emergency, all walks will be suspended for the time being.

As soon as it is considered safe to travel together, we will be out walking again.

Monday, 24 February 2020

406 Walks from Llangollem 2020

Our first walk of the season will be on

Saturday 14th March 2020


and will be from 

Llangollen

renowned for it's spectacular scenery

Our first walk of the season will be from the famous Welsh town of Llangollen nestling within the beautiful Dee Valley in the North East of Wales. It is a town of varied parts, with plenty to interest the most discerning of visitors. You will probably know it for the Eistedford, or the horse drawn canal boats, or the Steam Railway, but there is plenty more about it so take a peek here
https://youtu.be/ftC_EOKBZEc

Llangollen is a small town and community in Denbighshire, north-eastWales, on the River Dee at the edge of the Berwyn mountains and the ClwydianRange and Dee Valley AONB



There will be three walks:

  • A Walk led by; Garth Raybould
  • B Walk led by; Mark Stanford
  • C Walk led by: Gwyn Jones

A Walk from Llangollen 2020

Walk Leader: Garth Raybould
Distance: 10 mls
Total Climbing:1600ft
 

This walk gives access to some of the most spectacular scenery in north-east Wales, usually missed by those who pass straight through Llangollen on their way to Snowdonia. We ascend quickly from the town to the ruined 13th century castle of Dinas Bran – the steepest ascent on the walk to get our circulation going! After descending the other side of the hill we take the lane eastwards for a few hundred yards and then gently ascend Trevor Rocks, the southern end of Eglwyseg Mountain, to head generally northwards along the top of the scarp slope.
Eglwyseg Mountain
 Views always depend on the weather, of course, but we should have a stunning panorama of Dinas Bran, the Dee valley and the Llantysilio hills.  At the north end of the scarp we do a U-turn and follow it back southwards along its base on the Offa’s Dyke Path, before diverting westwards into the Eglwyseg River valley.  This takes us past Valle Crucis Abbey, and we follow the Llangollen canal back into the town.

B Walk from Llangollen 2020


Walk Leader: Mark Stanford
Distance: 8 miles
Total Ascent/Descent:1500ft




We shall follow the A party route out of town and up the ascent of Castle Dinas Bran, but they will be dissappearing into the distance!

After this we will head for the Panorama Walk leading on to Offas Dyke with fantastic views all round. After 1.5 miles of views we shall descend, heading for the Pont-Cysyllte Aqueduct, the oldest and longest aqueduct in GB and one of the waterways great achievements.

 
Resisting the temptation to cross unless we have plenty of energy and time, we shall head back towards Llangollen following the canal and the pretty boats plying the waterway and the happy strollers along the way.
  

Back in Llangollen there are plenty of venues for refreshment and places to visit if time.

C Walk from Llangollen 2020

Walk Leader: Gwyn Jones
Distance: 5mls app
Total Ascent/Descent:430 ft

 This walk is different to that shown originally, as having done the recce I found there were too many steep bits. This one has a few slopes but nothing too difficult. We start along the canal and turn off after just over a mile towards Valle Crucis Abbey – a 12th century monastary now mostly in ruins. We then descend to cross a footbridge heading towards the very small hamlet of Hendry. From here we cross some fields (muddy at the time of recce) to a lane which takes us to Llantisilio church. We go through the litch gate and head down to join the river at Horseshoefalls. We then follow the canal back to Llangollen (1.8 miles).
 
Revised C walk anticlockwise.




Horseshoe Falls
Valle Crucis Abbey

Dinbren Hall
Castle Dinas Bran

The walk along the canal is level but then there are some gradual ascents.
 

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Festive Walk 2020 'A' Walk

Walk Leader: Peter Hitchcock
Distance: 5.5 miles




Happy New Year to you all.  My planned route turned out to be rubbish so we shall be walking a ‘mini variation-on-a-theme’ of last year’s walk, but I think even nicer.  We set out West from the Gilpin along a cycle track and then along the base of Whitbarrow Ridge for 20 mins before climbing gradually up to the western edge of the scar.  From here, given good weather, you will have brilliant photo-shoot opportunities of the mountains to the north, Arnside and Morecombe Bay to the south and Whernside and Ingleborough to the east; a great start to 2020.
From this vantage point, we traverse along the southern tip of the scar to eventually retrace our steps back down to the pub.  Surprisingly, at 5½ miles, we should be ready to change into our party togs within 2½ hours of departure.