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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
This departure: Grade 5
Independent travel to the Springfield Hotel in Pentre Halkyn. Check in is from 2pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6:30pm in the hotel bar for a briefing before dinner.
Prestatyn to Rhuallt.
The walk starts from the beach at Prestatyn and ascends up into the start of the Clwydian hills. Weather permitting there are splendid views from Great Orme Head to the Cumbrian Mountains if it’s clear enough. In the afternoon the coastal views are replaced by the sweeping expanse of the Vale of Clwyd. The terrain is undulating and the walk ends at the village of Rhuallt. About 8 miles, 1600ft / 500 metres of ascent, and about 5½ hours of walking.
Rhuallt to Pen-Y-Cloddiau.
A day of heather clad hills and Iron Age forts. After the initial ascent from Rhuallt the trail offers lofty views of the surrounding valleys before dropping down to the village of Bodfari. After a steady ascent the trail stays mainly elevated and follows a series of hilltops towards Moel Arthur to meet the transport home. On some hilltops the remains of Iron Age forts can clearly be seen. About 8½ miles, 2800ft / 750 metres of ascent and about 5½ hours of walking.
Pen-Y-Cloddiau to Clwyd Gate.
A day of traversing the grassy peaks and slopes of the lower Clwydian range. After the initial fairly steep but short ascent the trail stays mainly elevated to reach Moel Famau, the highest point on the Clwydian range. After this the trail follows the contours of the ridge of hills which form the southern end of the Clwyds. Here there are more hill forts and views of the Vale of Clwyd to the west and the Alun Valley to the east. About 8½ miles, 2000ft / 600 metres of ascent and about 4 hours walking.
Clwyd Gate to Worlds End.
This is a generally easier days walking through gentle countryside and the Llandegla woods where refreshments can be taken at the Church. The walk ends at World’s End where we can see the start of tomorrows spectacular cliff walk. About 9 miles, 1850ft / 560 meters of ascent and about 4½ hours walking.
World’s End to Llangollen.
From the start the trail hugs the base of the spectacular limestone escarpment before descending to Llangollen town. From the trail, known as the ‘Panorama Walk’ the first views of the beautiful Dee Valley can be seen. The walk will take in the atmospheric Dinas Bran Castle atop its imposing and commanding position in the Dee Valley. The castle was said to be a possible burial site of the Holy Grail of Arthurian legends. There should be time to explore the town which sits astride the tumbling River Dee and with its heritage steam railway. About 6½ miles, 1200ft / 350 metres of ascent and about 4 hours walking.
Llangollen to Chirk.
From the town the trail takes us back up to continue the Panorama Walk until it descends to cross the Dee via the spectacular Pontcysyllte aqueduct which was built by Thomas Telford to carry the Llangollen canal. The aqueduct, which is a world heritage site, is over 1000ft long and stands 126ft above the River Dee. From here the rest of the walk is over fairly gentle countryside to reach Chirk. There will be the opportunity to visit Chirk Castle or even the Chirk aqueduct which also carries the canal over the River Dee. About 8½ miles, 1300ft / 375 metres of ascent and about 4 hours walking.
Departure after breakfast. Check out is by 11am.