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Llangollen, Falls, Abbey, Castle Horseshoe

A horseshoe walk of the Llangollen area taking in a bit of the Canal to its source at Horseshoe Falls, the Abbey, the Escarpment and Castle Dinas Bran. A fairly easy walk with some uphill sections and excellent panoramic views.

Grid ref: SJ 222 430

Total distance: 15.22 km (9.5 mi)
Total time: 5:29:13
Moving time: 4:53:21
Average speed: 2.77 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.11 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Max elevation: 364 m (1194 ft)
Min elevation: 129 m (422 ft)
Elevation gain: 566 m (1856 ft)

Weather: mild, overcast, sunny at times

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Llangollen Canal to Trevor Basin & Return

A canal path walk in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Starting at Llangollen Canal and following the tow path to the amazing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (built by Telford). Crossing the Aqueduct and carrying on for a mile or so to Trevor Basin (we had lunch there). The return leg is the same route back. The grid ref is for the long stay car park in the middle of Llangollen.

Grid ref: SJ 222 430

Total distance: 17.80 km (11.1 mi)
Total time: 5:23:15
Moving time: 5:00:32
Average speed: 3.30 km/h (2.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.55 km/h (2.2 mi/h)
Max elevation: 196 m (644 ft)
Min elevation: 135 m (441 ft)

Weather: overcast mild morning brightening up in the afternoon

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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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Dinas Bran, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Llangollen Canal

North Wales

Grid ref: SJ 222 430

Total distance: 17.82 km (11.1 mi)
Total time: 5:21:52
Moving time: 4:52:31
Average speed: 3.32 km/h (2.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.66 km/h (2.3 mi/h)
Max elevation: 371 m (1216 ft)
Min elevation: 105 m (344 ft)
Elevation gain: 660 m (2164 ft)

Weather: dull, windy, few spots rain pm on return

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