We have devised a choice of routes to suit different abilities and all are carefully researched with notes and maps to make sure you see the most beautiful and interesting parts of this area at a pace that suits you. Routes are on footpaths and minor lanes.
There are stiles to cross. (Routes without stiles may be provided-please contact us).
Daily mileage is approx 10 – 11 ½ miles (see itinerary), on 2nd Leg option to shorten to 6 miles by taking bus/taxi, 3rd Leg of walk, option to take steam train for part or whole of route. (Fares for bus/taxi/train not included)
1st Leg of Journey
The walk in North Wales begins in a small village nestling in a valley east of the Clwydian range. From here you will cross the hills and spend a night (or 2) in the pretty medieval town of Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd.
You can choose
- A more strenuous route taking you on a steep climb up out of valley and along hillsides before descending to Ruthin
- a less strenuous route takes you along valley before a more gradual climb into hills then down into Ruthin
- another route takes advantage of the lowest pass through hills and then a gentle descent into Ruthin through fields and woodland.
All routes approx 10miles
You will stay in accommodation in the centre of Ruthin for 1 or 2 nights.
Note- if you choose to stay for 2 nights you we will provide an extra circular walk from Ruthin along the picturesque Lady Bagot,s Drive to Clocaenog Forest Wildlife Hide.
2nd Leg of Journey
A less strenuous route through meadows, woodland with streams and latterly along country lanes, a moderate and gradual climb before descending into the dramatic and beautiful Dee Valley beneath the wild and remote Berwyn Mountain Range. You will stay in a village alongside the River Dee. Approx 11 ½ miles
An alternative today is to spend a little longer in location at either end of the walk by getting the bus or a taxi out of Ruthin and joining the route 4 miles on.
Accommodation is in village alongside the River Dee.
3rd Leg of Journey- to Llangollen
- Peace and quiet
- a mountainous route, with climbs from the River Dee up into the Llantysilio mountains, (start at 130m, highest point 437m, with option to climb furtherto summits) or
- a less demanding route following river along valley (mainly on quiet lanes). Or
- a route which offers a short climb before returning to the valley.
- There are 3 points along the river from which you can opt to take the steam train on the restored railway either all or part way to Llangollen. (runs April to Sept)
All approx 10 miles
Accommodation in centre of Llangollen.
All these routes to Llangollen are extremely pretty, rural, peaceful and at a lot of locations the views are absolutely spectacular. From the summits you can see far and wide across to the Snowdonia mountain range and across to England. In the vales the views of surrounding hills are outstanding There is a plethora of wildlife which notes will tell you what you can look out for. You will come across ancient historic sites of which information will be given.
However you choose to arrive in Llangollen, you will be charmed by this bustling little town and its diverse shops, restaurants and cafes.
You will be given a translation of Welsh names which will enlighten and sometimes amuse.
Our package of walking in north wales has been designed to give you freedom to walk at your own pace, stop for breaks when you want and spend as long as you want exploring the villages, towns or sites of historical interest along the trail.
From Llangollen you will be transported back to your car when you are ready.
Please note there are stiles to cross (route without stiles can be devised, please contact us).
Further nights accommodation can be arranged (please contact us)
We will provide you with a delicious picnic lunch on 3 of the days. You can select from our menu before arriving. The lunch will be freshly prepared that morning from local produce where possible, and delivered to your accommodation at breakfast time.
We will pick up your luggage and transport it to your next stop.
This short video about the area and the beautiful Llantysilio Mountains in north east Wales, highlights why the area is so special to so many people.
Moderate, super fitness not required but there are hills and distances as described in itinerary
GETTING HERE By rail to Chester, or Wrexham. transport from station to accommodation can be arranged (extra charge).The nearest international airports are Manchester and Liverpool. by road. 14 miles for Chester, 7 miles from Wrexham.
WHAT TO TAKE Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sunblock/cream, first-aid kit