Llanfair Dyffryn Ceiriog and Cefn-Hir-Mynedd

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The Ceiriog Valley, west of Chirk, must be one of the most neglected and yet one of the most beautiful areas for walking in Wales, if not in Britain. This walk, based on the village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, climbs a hill south of the village. This is quite steep but after that there are only a few slopes to go up and the rest is almost a gentle walk all the way back to the start. A number of stiles have been replaced, seemingly in 2013, and that makes the route easier to follow than before. The start is on a bridleway up a lovely valley which ends on an old drove road that, unfortunately, has to be shared (legally) with off-road vehicles, but they are few and you can mostly walk on the grass at the side of the track. There are wide views in all directions and the added attraction of absolute peace and quiet (unless some motor-bikes come past!)

Wales - Mid Wales - Powys - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Wildlife
31/10/2015 - Alistair Tice

A very enjoyable walk, thanks. A few points which have changed (October 2015). Points 14 and 15. The gate at 14 now has a waymark pointing along a clear path to the right direct to the gate referred to in 15 so don't need the first instruction in 15. After going through the gate in 15 the waymark points vaguely uphill and if you follow it there is a slightly awkward scramble down at the end. The lower path is clear, contouring round the slope and leads directly to the gate. Point 20. The slope may be steep but it's not that bad. The prominent tree has blown down, just follow the fence line until it begins to bend to the right. You'll then see a faint track going directly to the gate at 21 Point 21. Despite there being clear waymarks on both sides of the gatepost the gate has been fixed shut with two runs of barbed wire stapled to the gatepost. The only way out is to climb the gate, a tempting path curving round to a gate leading directly to the road doesn't help as this gate is closed with a rusty chain and padlock.

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