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Llanfihangel GM to Caer Caradog V2

A really nice walk, with rivers, springs, moorland and the historic hill-fort overlooking Cerrigydrudion, stunning views of the A5 roman road and Snowdonia from the hill-fort, and idyllic countryside. This is version 2 of the walk, as the original version had 3 barbed wire fences across a OS public footpath, this route avoids that area. (original route Llanfihangel GM to Caer Caradog)
Starting at the Crown Inn Llanfihangel G.M. walk up the hill and take the first lane on the left, follow the lane and take the next lane on the right, this is a short lane that ends at a wooden footbridge taking you onto fields. This section of the walk has signs saying ‘Hiraethog Way’, keep walking up hill eventually leaving the Hiraethog Way at a gate. Up an old track, and then back onto a lane, turn left and as you walk along you will see the hill-fort on your right, leave the lane at a style/gate and walk up to the hill-fort. Leave the hill-fort on its rear left side taking the track down, you rejoin the Cerrigydrudion to Llanfihangel road and walk a section of it, before turning left and following the track eventually rejoining the Crown Inn lane by the old disused Llanfihangel school, turn right, cross the road and walk along the river bank back to the car park.

Grid Ref: SH 991 492

Total distance: 9.95 km (6.2 mi)
Total time: 3:10:44
Moving time: 2:42:04
Average speed: 3.13 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.68 km/h (2.3 mi/h)
Max elevation: 457 m (1501 ft)
Min elevation: 290 m (950 ft)
Elevation gain: 363 m (1190 ft)

Weather: Dry, mild, some sun

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Llangollen Worlds End Horseshoe

A walk with varied scenery, including Llangollen, Castle Dinas Bran, the limestone escarpment, great views.

The walk starts in Llangollen, using the footpath by the canal and ascending past the school and eventually to the base of Dina Bran. On this route (KML file) we skirted around the base on the footpath (as we have done Dinas Bran itself so many times previously – if you have not make sure you do it because its a great place with good views), leaving the castle on its opposite side you end up on a lane, walk up and turn left at the T junction, the escarpment is now on your right, follow the lane for a distance before eventually finding the path on the right which lets you walk / traverse along the escarpment scree, eventually you drop down to green paths before arriving back on the road just by Worlds End ford. Leave the ford for the return leg and follow the lane you came down, but this time keep going instead of rejoining the footpath, using the map you will walk a few miles in country lanes before rejoining the lane you left for the escarpment, walk back to Dinas Bran, this time not leaving the lane, to keep going downhill to Llangollen

Grid Ref: SJ 217 421

Total distance: 17.75 km (11.0 mi)
Total time: 5:35:25
Moving time: 4:34:39
Average speed: 3.17 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.88 km/h (2.4 mi/h)
Max elevation: 394 m (1292 ft)
Min elevation: 142 m (465 ft)
Elevation gain: 719 m (2360 ft)

Weather: mild, sun and overcast at times

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