Monday 22 May 2017. Karen has joined Amanda, Josephine and myself for a few days here in Wales. For her first walk I decided to do the Llangollen history trail, a walk that I last did about 3 years ago. The first couple of miles were very gentle as we walked alongside the Llangollen Canal to its end near the horseshoe falls on the River Dee. We stopped for coffee here under the shelter of the trees until a brief shower passed over.
The second leg of the walk took us around the side of Velvet Hill and past the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey. A short climb took us towards the Clwydian Way. I thought that we were on the right path walking beside a wire fence but it transpired that the correct route was about 30ft higher up the hillside.
The planned route should have taken in a visit to Castell Dinas but energy levels were sinking and we agreed that we didn’t need to go the extra mile or climb an additional 400ft. So, we skirted around the foot of the hill on which Castell Dinas sits and made our way back to Llangollen for refreshments in the cafe alongside the canal. Our abbreviated walk was just 5.3 miles and a smidge under 1,000ft of ascent.