Swansea Ramblers Walk
Llangollen Weekend Trip
A 6-mile walk to Valle Crucis Abbey
8th October 2022
Leader: Clive Scott
Around fifty Swansea Ramblers went to Llangollen for a weekend of walking in some stunning scenery.
We stayed at The Hand Hotel in the centre of Llangollen.
For some of us, it is the third group stay at the hotel.
Each day we had two different walks from which to choose:
A longer walk led by Tim Gronow and a shorter walk led by Clive Scott.
Over twenty Ramblers decided to walk with Tim and below you can see photos from the shorter walk with a further twenty-four Ramblers.
Clive went west along the canal towpath until he reached the Horseshoe Falls which was built to supply water to the canal network.
We visited a historic church then followed the hillside to Valle Crucis Abbey.
We enjoyed a riverside lunch then began our return journey.
We followed an old tramway high above the valley from which we had wonderful views below us.
We reached the base of the castle hill but on this occasion continued our descent to Llangollen.
After the walk, some of us went on the horse-drawn barge along the canal.
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Leader Clive Scott
Sunrise over Llangollen
(The view from the hotel)
Castell Dinas Bran on top of the hill
(The view from the hotel)
The castle is high above Llangollen
It commands the valley
Meeting in the hotel car park for the walk
Setting off on the walk
Crossing the Afon Dyfrdwy (River Dee)
Joining the canal path
We went on one of these horse-drawn barges after the walk
But for now, we're walking west along the towpath
We'll have a tea stop at Horseshoe Falls
Beautiful weather for the walk
It says: Stand When You Can!
Pleasant walking along the canal
A Heron took off when it saw us
And it flew over our heads
The canoeist has just paddled downstream on the river rapids
Now having to paddle back to the start via the canal
Reached The Chainbridge Hotel
Then stopped at the Horseshoe Falls
This was designed by Thomas Telford to send each day 12 million gallons of water into the canal network
So even when the Llangollen stretch of the canal ceased to run commercial traffic,
it had to be maintained to supply the canal network with water!
A welcome tea stop in the sunshine
Then we make our way to Llantysilio Church
Buried here is the Saxon, Charles Beyer who built Telford's wier
Masonery re-used in the church wall
Starting the ascent towards Valle Crucis Abbey
Above Horseshoe Falls
Tomorrow, we'll be going up the mountain you see in the background!
Walking along the side of the hill
With good views of Castell Dinas Bran
Approaching the abbey
But still some way to go
Valle Crucis Abbey
We stopped for lunch near the abbey
Then ascended the side of the hill
We went up to that tree line to begin the return
The climb is worth it for the views
A public sprited walker created this rest spot high above the valley
But we didn't use it on this occasion!
The path appears to be an old tramroad
We descended to a quiet road
Then found ourselves once more below the castle
Dinbren Hall (top left) must have a good view of the castle
Reached the access point but today we didn't do the extra climb to the castle
The 'Bran' of the castle name refers to Rooks
Llangollen below us
And tomorrow's mountains behind us
Journey's end and time to try out the hosre-drawn barge
Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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Andrew Morgan 2022
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