Llangollen, Canal and Castle

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From the town centre the famous bridge over the River Dee is crossed, beyond which a short climb leads to the canal towpath. This brings you out into more open country, where field-paths are followed to the foot of the hill on which Castell Dinas Bran stands. A steep climb brings you to the top and a well-graded path leads down to a field and a lane. From here a gradually descending green track leads to the fields above the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey. The canal is joined again near the motor museum and half an hour on the towpath brings you back to the bridge over the Dee.

Wales - North Wales - Denbighshire - Canal Walk


Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mountains, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
25/08/2013 - Paul Darlington

Excellent walk; we did this on 24 8 13. At Waymark 8 the gate has now gone, but there is now a yellow waymark arrow post to the right of the opening. Our GPS measured the distance at 6.96 miles and not 5.9 miles. But it is a lovely route and the climb to the castle is very steady and better than a previous walk we did to the top of the castle.

15/03/2012 - weston holmes

We did this walk on January 28th, but it is definitely one to be done again in the summer with a nice big picnic. A fresh and very cold morning with a cold, biting breeze, and an early start. There is snow forecast....not a lot though, and off to Llangollen. We go for a nice easy 5/6 mile walk along the canal and up to Dinas Bran Castle. Llangollen is a little quieter at this time of year but in the summer sometimes you can not move for visitors coming in to view this fantastic little town with its full size steam railway sitting on the banks of The River Dee, and not forgetting the canals running through the town. The walk we did took in a small part of the canal tow-paths leading us up to the Castle. Llangollen is also home to The International Eisteddfod in July which is held at the Pavilion. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in town so if you fancy a break from whatever you are doing you will be spoilt for choice. We did a video of our walk; we prefer videos to photos... http://youtu.be/zCplJ5tDutQ

01/06/2004 - PETER BURGESS

An exellent walk stunning views!

07/02/2004 - Richard Mabbutt

A great walk affording stunning valley views from the hill top castle.

14/04/2002 - Julie Williams

Absolutely fantastic walk. Something for everyone. Short but steep ascent to castle ruins well worth it. Even horse drawn barges on the canal at the end. Fabulous. Julie Williams

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