- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 14th November
- The next outing for the walking group will take place on
Sunday, November 14th in the Oswestry - Llangollen area
of the Welsh borderlands, following parts of Offa's Dyke,
and part of the Llangollen canal towpath. The coach will
leave the school at 8.45 a.m., so please assemble shortly
after 8.30 a.m. We expect to be back in Formby by about
6.45 p.m. There will be a stop in Oswestry before the 'A'
party commences its walk. The ground is likely to be
extremely wet and muddy, so suitable footwear and
protective clothing should be worn by all walkers. The
cost of the walks is £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for
children. Please indicate on the attached slip which walk
you intend to join and return it to the school office by
Thursday, 4th November. Details of the walks are given
A short drive west from Oswestry will bring the coach to
the old Racecourse (grid ref. 258310). The walk starts
here, and after following the road to the north for about
a mile (though it may be possible to avoid most of this,
it will join Offa's dyke, at Carrog-y-Big. From here the
well marked path leads northwards along the Dyke through
field and woods, over Selatyn Hill, and down deep steep
gullies, before descending to the River Ceirog at Castle
Mill (264375). If the weather is kind there should be
fine views to the Berwyn mountains on the west, and over
the Shropshire plain to the east. Chirk Castle dominates
the north side of the Ceirog valley. The party will then
ascend through Warren Woods to Tyn-y-groes (264389) A
further two miles partly on roads, partly following the
Dyke will bring the party to the Llangollen canal, beside
the A5 road. From here the route will follow the canal
towpath for the remaining six miles to the finish in
Llangollen. In doing so it will cross the well known Pont
Cysyllte viaduct. A mountain guide book would no doubt
classify this section as 'exposed' or 'airy'. Hang on
tight, especially if it is windy.
Distance: 14 miles
- Ascent: 1500 ft.
Leader: Ken Lamb.
This group will remain on the coach until it has driven
round to Castle Mill, where the walk will start. It will
follow the same route as the 'A' party from there, until
after the crossing of the aqueduct. Depending on time and
weather conditions it may then follow a route above the
canal, on the lower slopes of the great escarpment
overlooking the valley of the River Dee from the north
side, to reach Llangollen.
Distance: 9-10 miles
Leader: Patrick Ferguson.
This party will stay in the coach while it drives back
through Chirk to the point where the other two parties
will join the canal. Those who do not wish to walk over
the aqueduct may cross the valley below it and from there
will either follow the tow path into Llangollen, or
perhaps make a variation a short way up the slopes on the
north side of the valley.
Distance: 6 miles
Leaders: David Guiver and Mrs Maureen Peacock.