Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

351 August Walks from Llangollen

Dehydration can be a serious problem in warmer months leading to loss of energy, loss of alertness, aching joints and being a liability to your fellow walkers. Please ensure that you have a plentiful supply of drinking water [or cordial]. 2 litres is recommended.
Our next walking will be on
Saturday 9thAugust
and will be from 


in Beautiful Wales
A small town of some 3000 people Llangollen is seeped in myth and legend. In many ways it is best known for hosting the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod every July which brings in some 120,000 visitors and turns the town into a vibrant international stage.

There will be three walks;

A Walk from Llangollen 2014

Walk Leader: Stuart Smith
Total Distance: 10.7 miles
Total Ascent/Descent: 2500 ft 

B Walk from Llangollen 2014

Walk Leader: Gwyn Jones
Total Distance: 8 miles

Total Ascent/Descent: 2100 ft

B Route anticlockwise
 We start by walking along the canal for approx. 2 miles. Then we cross over and climb up to the panorama walk (about 500ft). It is a bit of a pull in places but no worse than Walna Crag and it is much shorter. From here we continue to climb for about 1 mile but it is a gentle incline (and we’ll probably stop along it for some lunch). 

We continue at this level for about another mile before we start to descend down to the road at Rock Farm. 
The second half of this descent is a rocky path (see pictures below) which we will traverse very slowly. At the road we head towards Dinas Bran and walk around the west side before descending to Llangollen.

C Walk from Llangollen 2014

Walk Leader: John Smith
Total Distance: 5+ miles
Total Ascent/Descent: 1000 ft 
C Route anticlockwise


This walk is some 5 miles long and is characterized by panoramic views for over 2 miles.  The trail starts with a small uphill to the canal wharf and, turning east along the towpath (look out for kingfishers) we walk for 2 miles on a level surface, cross under the main road to a stone bridge.  

Here we cross the canal and the main road to walk uphill on a lane past the Sun Trevor pub to some steps which will lead to the Creigiau Eglwyseg escarpment affording splendid panoramic views across the river Dee valley.  The trail follows this escarpment for some 2 miles during we will take a lunch break sitting, if fine, on the roadside looking across at the view ( if wet, we will probably get wet).  

Resuming the walk we can see Castell Dinas Bran on the left and, before passing it, we join the Offa's Dyke path for a distance before leaving the escarpment and its wonderful views.  Descending on a slate path the trail moves over farmland to meet another tarmac lane. Turning left over a ladder stile we walk through woods (look out for flycatchers, redstarts and woodpeckers) to catch a lane leading in some 25 minutes down to the canal wharf, across the Dee and cafes/pubs for R and R before returning to the coach.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Photo's from the Keswick B Walk

start of the climb to Walla Crag

Derwent Island

On top of Walla Crag, a nice easy reach

Across to Lord's Seat, Bassenthwaite and the NW Fells.

The town of Keswick

contemplating the climb

What a great day!

Must have time to stand and stare
Ashness Bridge

coming back along the shore line

Castle Crag (little one in the centre) and the Borrowdale Fells

Friars Crag

Love em or like them!