Take the Llangollen Railway to Glyndyfrdwy station. The original line to the Cambrian coast closed after the Beeching Report in the 1960s and a preservation society now operates standard gauge trains between Llangollen and Carrog. This beautiful trip runs much of the way beside the River Dee.
At Glyndyfrdwy station, go out to the road and turn left to cross a bridge over the River Dee. This part of the river is a Site of Special Scientific Interest known for its salmon, trout and otters. Peep over the bridge and you may spot birds such as dippers, wagtails and, possibly, a kingfisher.
At the junction turn right and bear left at a footpath signpost to walk through a field to a small gate in the right-hand corner. Go left a few paces then uphill on a path through trees, bracken, gorse and a field to a lane. Turn left to join another lane. Continue ahead, passing a cattle grid, and walk uphill with great views of the Dee Valley. Keep a watch overhead for peregrines, buzzards and ravens. You may spot merlins and hen harriers hunting.
The lane continues through open land to a signpost in a dip, where you turn right.
Before a cattle grid, bear left and after coniferous trees, go through a right-hand gate. After another gate, the track bends left and soon rises to another track where you turn right.
Pass a farm and turn left on another lane then left on a bridleway. Walk uphill, with views of a valley below and Llantysilio Mountain ahead. Grouse inhabit the moors here. At a corner gate, bear right to a footpath signpost at the highest point of the walk. The Eglwyseg Crags and Trevor Rocks are now in view.
Head downhill beside a right-hand fence then on a sunken track to an access track. Turn right to a lane and continue ahead, passing the Sun Inn, a 14th-century drovers’ inn. A few paces after a chapel, take a footpath on the left.
Follow the left-hand fence into another field then go right to cross a footbridge and uphill to a kissing gate near houses. Continue to a lane then turn right and take the second footpath on your left. Trace the right side of a field, wood and hillside to a right-hand stile. Head downhill then beside woodland to a lane.
Turn left then left again to a footpath on the right and walk along the left side of a field to the next field and through gates to a lane.
Turn left to Llantysilio church and go through the kissing gate beside the lych-gate. Walk downhill to the River
Dee and Horseshoe Falls, a weir created in the 19th century by Thomas Telford to feed water into the Llangollen Canal. Join the towpath and follow it past the Chainbridge Hotel to Llangollen Wharf then downhill into the centre
Rough pasture, woodlands, tracks, canal towpath and lanes, with several climbs. Strong footwear essential.
How to get there
By car: Llangollen is at the junction of the A5 and A539. Several car parks in the town.
By public transport: Buses from Chester, Wrexham, Llandudno and Barmouth to Llangollen. Nearest main line station is at Ruabon (on the Chester-Shrewsbury line). Buses run from near the station or Bridge Street to Llangollen.
Llangollen Railway Station is close to the bridge over the River Dee. Trains run every day from May to early October and during school holidays plus most weekends.
Llangollen-Glyndyfrdwy single fare: adult £3.50, child £2.50, senior £2.50. Carrog return: adult £9, child £4.50, senior £7.
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Sun Inn, Rhewl,
Llangollen LL20 7YT
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Llangollen LL20 8BS
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The Cottage Tea Rooms
5 Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NU
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Ordnance Survey Explorer 255. Grid ref: SJ 150 429
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