Sunday, June 10, 2012

Llangollen, Castell Dinas Bran and Valle Crucis Abbey Walk

Off message (ish). Last week I spent hill walking and visiting relatives in North Wales.

We stayed in a 17th Century cottage in the centre of Llangollen. Which is now a beautiful if a little touristy old welsh borders town and crossing over the magnificent River Dee.

In the past it use to be a very industrial area of water mills, canals, railways and mines.

This walk (number 24 pathfinder) was on Bank Holiday Monday. Castle Dinas Bran overlooking Llangollen is well worth the effort. An ancient romantic ruin with fantastic 360 degree panoramic views.

The route below Eglwyseg cliffs is quiet, peaceful and vivid lush green. There is an upside to the rain in Wales after all!

Valle Crucis Abbey is stunning even if it is in the middle of a caravan park. While the final section past Horseshoe Falls and the Shropshire Union canal is simply gorgeous.

(I'll post pictures on FaceBook)

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