Sunday 23rd May 2010 - Llangollen

On Sunday, 23rd May, our walks are based at Llangollen in N.Wales

The coach will leave school as usual at 8.00 am prompt and travel direct to Trevor, where both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ walkers will leave the coach  -  please be ready with boots on and rucsacs available. Toilets are available for the ‘B’ walk within 5 minutes of the start but ‘A’ walk toilets will be ‘al fresco’ ! 
All other walks will start and end at Llangollen. There are toilets where the coach parks but at a cost of 20p for both Ladies & Gentlemen!  

We aim to leave for the return journey at 5.00pm and weather and traffic permitting, we hope to be back in Formby at approx 7.00pm.

NB:   Back to normal for your returns    ie. either to school or to the Chairman.

‘A’ Walk
Distance: 13.5 miles
Ascent: 2200 ft
Lyn Smith
Gordon Spence

From the Australia Arms at Trevor, we have a mixture of pasture & tarmac for an hour to reach open heather-clad moorland at Bryn Adda House. 
Heading north we pass Frozen Clock on a track to Pant-glas. 
Turning west and continuing to climb we traverse Ruabon Mountain to World’s End. 
A path atop limestone crags offers stunning views as we head south. 
Care is required on the steep and, in places, exposed descent to reach the Offa’s Dyke path 600ft below. 
The last climb of the day is to the dramatic Castle Dinas Bray with a bird’s eye view of Llangollen below to where we descend for well-earned refreshments!


‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 10.5 miles
Ascent: 2000 ft
Emily Ludlow
John Hughes

A pleasant circular walk with a bit of everything ( hill, woodland, canal, aqueduct and quarry rim walking!) 
A steady ascent on a good gravel track gives good views of the vale of Llangollen and our afternoon’s walk. 
A spot of limbo dancing and quarry ridge walking is needed as we walk through woodland down to Froncysyllte and the canal.
Crossing the canal via a swing bridge (providing there are no canal boats passing through) we follow the tow path across the viaduct (with great views if you dare look) into Trevor. 
From here we follow the Offa’s Dyke path for our last climb of the day through Trevor Hall Woods up to the panorama view point overlooking the valley and our morning’s walk. 
We finally turn off the Offa’s Dyke path to take us back to Llangollen. 
For those interested, there is the option of a short but steep climb to the ruins of Castle Dinas Bray.

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‘B’ Walk
Distance: 7.5 miles
Ascent: 1500 ft
Jean Makeating
David Willis

This is a relaxing linear walk from Trevor to Llangollen on the southern slopes overlooking the River Dee, using quiet country roads, good quality trails and the occasional cross-field track. 
We start by exploring Telford’s aqueduct at Trevor (Pont Cysyllte) and continue for a further 2mls or so along the canal tow path before heading uphill (some short sharp climbs on road surface) to Fron Uchaf. 
A gentle incline continues until we reach the Llwybr Ceiriog Trail (with splendid views of the vale of Llangollen) that leads us down to Pengwern Vale. 
We then gradually ascend over the side of Pen-y-Coed Hill before dropping down into Llangollen where there are plenty of outlets for refreshment. 
The ascents are not overwhelming and will be taken gently;  we are likely to be back to the coach, even at a leisurely pace, at around 3/3.30pm but there is a pleasant riverside stroll for those with energy left !

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 7 miles.
Ascent: 700 ft
Stuart Norris

Craig Baker

Starting from the centre of Llangollen we head north via a minor road past Wern Isaf, through Wern-uchaf wood up to the Offa’s Dyke path.
As this is the main climb of the day, we will take this slowly! 
Heading east on the Offa’s Dyke path we follow this for a couple of miles (weather permitting we should get some splendid views over the vale of Llangollen), which takes in the ‘Panorama Walk’  and then into Trevor Hall Wood. 
At Trevor Hall we start our return journey back to Llangollen by crossing the A5 and joining the canal tow path at Bryn Howel Farm, along which we continue all the way back into the centre of Llangollen.