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Friday, May 3, 2013

Llan hosts Friendly Walking Weekend

 
 
Llangollen is playing host to a Friendly Walking Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.
 
Those wishing to take party can choose from short, medium and long challenging walks all led by professional guides who will share their local knowledge of colourful history, heritage and folklore whilst guiding you through some of the most beautiful countryside in North Wales.

The programme, organised by Treksmart, is:

Saturday, May 4:


Walk 1: SHORT, 2 hours.
ONE FOOT IN THE PAST - HISTORIC TOWN WALK
 
Walk Leader is Green Badge Guide Sarah Jones.
This walk is a real learning journey around Llangollen town centre where Sarah brings the history people and places to life.
START 10.30am outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.
Price £5.00        

Children under 5 years free.
Sorry NO DOGS.
Please join your walk leader 15 minutes before the start time.
Walk 2: SHORT, 3 hours.
HISTORY IN THE LANDSCAPE WALK
 
Walk Leader is Green Badge Guide Sarah Jones.
Including stories of Valle Crucis Abbey, Castell Dinas Bran, a romantic castle ruin (some steep climbs).

START 2.00pm outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.
Price £5.00.
 
Children under 5 years free.
Sorry NO DOGS also. NOT suitable for pushchairs.
Please join your walk leader 15 minutes before the start time.

Walk 3: MEDIUM 7 miles (approx 4 hours) .
ROMANTIC RUINS & STUNNING VIEWS
 
Walk Leader is Green Badge Guide Chris Grier

START 10.30am outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.
Heading north and taking in views of Valle Crucis Abbey ruins, a rewarding section of Offa's Dyke Path, climb up along side a pretty waterfall, a cliff-top walk with distant views and… Castell Dinas Bran, a romantic castle ruin.

Price £7.00.
 
Dogs welcome, providing the owner takes care of the dog’s every need.
Wear good comfortable walking boots, bring your waterproofs (just in case), plus lunch and drinks.
Please join your walk leader 15 minutes before the start time.

Walk 4: LONG and challenging 14 miles ( approx 8 hours).
GET HIGH IN THE DEE VALLEY
 
Walk Leader is Mountain Leader trained Mike Smart.

START 9.00am outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.  
This walk includes walking across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Thomas Telford's 1805, 1037ft long and 127ft high industrial masterpiece which spans the Dee Valley carrying the Llangollen canal.
Visit Trevor Canal Basin, the Panorama huge limestone cliffs offering fantastic views up and down the valley and Castell Dinas Bran, a romantic castle ruin. 
Price £9.00.
 
Dogs welcome, providing the owner takes care of the dog’s every need.
Wear good comfortable walking boots, bring your waterproofs (just in case), plus food / lunch and drinks. There will be snacks available half-way round at Trevor Basin.

Sunday, May 5:


Walk 5: SHORT, 2 hours.
ONE FOOT IN THE PAST - HISTORIC TOWN WALK
 
Walk Leader is Green Badge Guide Sarah Jones.
This walk is a real learning journey around Llangollen town centre where Sareh brings the history people and places to life.
START 10.30am outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.
Price £5.00.

Children under 5 years free.
Sorry NO DOGS.
Please join your walk leader 15 minutes before the start time.

Walk 6: SHORT, 3 hours.
HISTORY IN THE LANDSCAPE WALK
 
Walk Leader is Green Badge Guide Sarah Jones.Including stories of Valle Crucis Abbey, Castell Dinas Bran, a romantic castle ruin (some steep climbs).

START 2.00pm outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.

Price £5.00

Children under 5 years free.
Sorry NO DOGS also.
NOT suitable for pushchairs.
Please join your walk leader 15 minutes before the start time.

Walk 7: MEDIUM 7.5 miles (approx. 4 hours).
STEAM TRAIN RIDE & DEE VALLEY MEANDER
 
Walk Leader is Green Badge Guide Chris Grier.

START 10.30am outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.
We start with a heritage steam train ride along the beautiful Dee Valley with view of the towering hills on either side and the river running alongside, then walk back along the valley side through woods and hill-side farms, visit the Horseshoe Falls to finish along the canal back to start.

Price £12.00

Train ticket included.
Wear good comfortable walking boots, bring your waterproofs (just in case), plus packed lunch and drinks.
Dogs welcome, providing the owner takes care of the dog’s every need.
Please join your walk leader 15 minutes before the start time.
Walk 8: LONG and challenging 14 miles ( approx. 8 hours).
HIGH MOORS WILDERNESS WALK & STEAM TRAIN RIDE
Walk Leader is Mountain Leader trained Mike Smart.
START 8.00am outside the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street LL20 8NU.
Trek across high wilderness and remote heather moors with fantastic views in all directions and then… a rewarding heritage steam train ride back to the start.
Price £14.00.

Train ticket included.
Wear good comfortable walking boots, bring your waterproofs (just in case), plus food / packed lunch and drinks.

Bookings can be made online at http://www.treksmart.net/llww.html

NOTE: This is a wilderness walk and there is nowhere to buy snacks.  Remember Dad's Army Private Fraser saying "it's a wild and lonely place", well this is.  Dogs welcome, providing the owner takes care of the dog’s every need. Please join your walk leader 15 minutes before the start time.

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