The Llangollen Loop!
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A rewarding 13km walk offering views of the Llangollen valley.
We will start our journey from the beautiful Llangollen Heritage Railway Station and begin making our way out of the town towards Castell Dinas Bran, a ruined castle which is steeped in history going back to 600BCE. The castle sits on top of a short and steep hill but its worth climb for the views.
We'll then ascend slightly up to Eglwyseg mountain (not as scary as it sounds) to walk alongside the Offa's Dyke Trail where we will be welcomed by amazing views of Llangollen and the surround area. Later we will descend and cut across farmland to pick up a path which takes us to the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey, once home to Cistercian Monks.
From there, we'll follow the Llangollen Canal up to Horseshoe Falls before doubling back to Berwyn Railway Station to catch the train back to Llangollen Station.
Dogs are welcome along on the walk and are permitted to ride on the train but will require a small fee payable at the train station on the day.
We will be leaving Llangollen station at 10:30am in order to make it in time for the train back so please arrive on time!
Be aware that you will need to book your own train ticket on the day.
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What to bring
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and snacks for the journey and plenty of water, 2 litres ideally.