Offa's Dyke Part 10: Llandegla to Llangollen
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This is the tenth in a series of day walks along the Offa's Dyke Path - the idea is to eventually walk from the North Wales Coast to the border with England in stages, taking in some beautiful scenery en-route.
This will be a logistically tricky event as we will be parking at the end point, organising the group then driving with half of the cars 15 minutes to the true start point.
After finishing the remaining cars will be used to return the first drivers back to their own vehicles.
From the true starting point at Llandegla, we will immediately pick up the Offa's Dyke Path and follow it almost all of the day. We will ascend the western side of Ruabon Mountain through Llandegla Forest (dodging the occasional mountain biker!) heading to World's End.
After a spot of lunch by the ford the Path narrows along the side of Creigiau Eglwyseg, offering dramatic views of Maesyrychen Mountain and the upper Vale of Llangollen.
We will finally leave the Path (until the next Part) to climb up the steep slopes of Castell Dinas Bran, a ruined 13th Century castle with some truly stunning views down into the town of Llangollen and the lower Vale.
Descending down to the town we can have an optional tea at the Llangollen Wharf along the canal or pint at The Corn Mill before collecting the previously parked cars and dropping off the first drivers to their cars at Llandegla.
This walk is roughly 16 km/10 miles, with several steep ascents and descents, crossing a wide mix of terrain. Expect sections of muddy, rocky and uneven footing.
Well-behaved OutdoorDogs are very welcome. Note: Leads will be required in areas with livestock, and we will be crossing stiles frequently.
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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
You'll need to bring a packed lunch with you, along with enough water to keep you hydrated during the walk (recommended 1-2 litres).