Llantysilio Hills & Eglwyseg 2-day backpack

Eglwyseg cragsA 2-day route across the Llantysilio hills to the north of the River Dee, returning via World’s End and the excellent path below the western crags of Eglwyseg Mountain. The Llangollen canal provides an easy and picturesque finish.

A summer solstice backpack for 2019, a couple of days of fine weather was at last forecast after a cold wet spell and this was a most enjoyable trip, revisiting the hills in the west and including some new sections of trail on the eastern side, in particular the full traverse of the excellent path below the Eglwyseg cliffs that hosts a fragment of the Offa’s Dyke Path.

In July 2018 the flanks of Llantysilio Mountain were ravaged by a moorland fire and this traverse of Moel y Gamelin was a sad affair, seeing the charred bare slopes that were once ablaze with the vibrant pinks of heather on our last visit in September 2002. Strategy for recovery is no doubt being discussed at length but full restoration will take years.

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2 thoughts on “Llantysilio Hills & Eglwyseg 2-day backpack

  1. I love the limestone crags at Eglwyseg. There is a wonderful (if thin) path that weaves along the top of the crags so I’ve done a few walks along the tops, lunch in the castle grounds and back along the terraced path you followed. Truly spectacular and seems very little known. Always had a hankering to do the same end to end route as you as well. Good to know its very feasible.

  2. A fine area with superb crag scenery. That top path is probably the one we followed on a later trip this year.

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