Llanarmon, Dolydd Ceiriog and the Upper Ceiriog Valley

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This walk combines open moorland, valley pastures and the slopes between. The views both in the valley and on the moors are very rewarding. On a good day, you will certainly see the Berwyn Ridge. The descent gives tantalising views of the series of waterfalls bringing the River Ceiriog down from the marshy land above to the green valley below. Hedgerow flowers are plentiful on the way up to the moor and on the return stretch in the valley. On the moor, heather is plentiful with bilberries providing tasty fruit in season. Cotton grass, sphagnum moss and sundew are present in the boggier areas.

While on the moorland, you stand a good chance of hearing skylarks, while meadow pipits flit restlessly from tussock to tussock. Buzzards are common. When descending, you are very likely to hear the harsh croak of the raven and back in the valley, there's usually plenty of pheasant. The descent also gives a good illustration of the different effect of ice and water on land shaping. The side valley with the Ceiriog cataract is a classic water-worn 'V' shape; the main valley is more a glacial 'U' shape.

Back in Llanarmon, you have a choice of two very well-regarded hostelries: The Hand and The West Arms. Both are reviewed at http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g551987-Llanarmon_DC_Denbighshire_North_Wales_Wales-Hotels.html

Wales - North Wales - Wrexham - Countryside

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Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Waterfall, Wildlife
02/06/2013 - michael parry

Did this walk on 24/5/13.Note that after waymark 12,a small footbridge has been put in place over stream.This is certainly a bonus as when in this area before,stream presented a problem when in full flow.

12/05/2013 - Leza Ellis

We did this walk today and I clocked it on my 'Endomondo Pro' and at the end it showed that we actually walked 11.25 miles and it took us 4 hrs 18 mins!!! Was a great walk we had our 4yr old with us she thoroughly enjoyed it even though she was on her daddy's shoulders for half of it.....

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