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Llangollen & Ceiriog / 2 days / 30 miles (48km)

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Date: 31 Aug 2002
Start / Finish: Trevor.
Maps: Explorer 255 Llangollen & Berwyn.

Day 1Castell Dinas Bran & Moel Fferna16.3 miles / 3500 feet (26.2km / m)
Day 2Ceiriog Forest & Froncsyllte13.6 miles / - (21.9km)

We quickly produced this route based on parts of the Vale of Llangollen trip that we were planning, mainly to test some new items of gear.

Day 1 - Castell Dinas Bran & Moel Fferna

From Trevor we took the Offa's Dyke Path (ODP) W and left it to climb to the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran. A footpath leads S to Llangollen and the road across the Dee. A path climbs S from 212418 and becomes a track heading W to the head of the Nant y Bache then descends SE around Y Foel to the lane at 187384. Turning R it terminates at a car park where we walked N a short way to collect water from the stream just above and L of the old mine pool. Returning to the lane end we took the track SW to Blaen-y-cwm then W to Dolydd Ceiriog where a shooters track heads N to a T junction and L to Bwlch Cynwyd. A mown track climbs N through the heather to Moel Fferna.

Castell Dinas Bran
Castell Dinas Bran (31 Aug 2002__09:39:16)
Castell Dinas Bran  & Llantysilio ridge
Castell Dinas Bran & Llantysilio ridge (31 Aug 2002__09:40:15)
Berwyn ridge from Moel Fferna path
Berwyn ridge from Moel Fferna path (31 Aug 2002__15:58:13)
Pitch on Moel Fferna looking N
Pitch on Moel Fferna looking N (31 Aug 2002__17:44:57)

Day 2 - Ceiriog Forest & Froncsyllte

From the fence SE of the summit a good path leads E to the forest corner and then the main entrance at 148393. Taking the second main track L (155387) it leads out of the forest near the SE corner at the lane. We followed the lane E, with good views over the vale in the latter stages, to Fron Uchaf 271405 where we descended SE & E to join the ODP along the canal to Trevor. The ODP passes along the Thomas Telford aqueduct high above the river and generates a surprising feeling of exposure. This is a popular spot and there was a team of canoeists on the aqueduct, as well as tourists gingerly shuffling past and trying not to be knocked in (or over!) by our packs.

Sunrise from Moel Fferna
Sunrise from Moel Fferna (01 Sep 2002__06:26:24)
Stumps in the Berwyn wilderness
Stumps in the Berwyn wilderness (01 Sep 2002__07:34:39)
Vale of Llangollen sequence from the Froncsyllte road
Vale of Llangollen sequence from the Froncsyllte road (01 Sep 2002__10:56:39)
Vale of Llangollen sequence from the Froncsyllte road
Vale of Llangollen sequence from the Froncsyllte road (01 Sep 2002__10:57:01)
The Dee from the Thomas Telford aqueduct
The Dee from the Thomas Telford aqueduct (01 Sep 2002__13:25:46)