Llangollen Canal: 1 Horseshoe Falls - Ellesmere

Date walked: 28/07/2019

Time taken: 4.5 days

Distance: 57km

Ascent: 160m

Llangollen Canal Path:

The total length of the towpath is about 73.5 kms/46 miles, this first section covers the first 35 kms/20 miles or so.

I regularly visit the Welsh Borders and take the opportunity to get out and do as much walking as I can. Depending upon the time of year and the weather, getting up into the Arans, Arenigs, and Berwyns is usually my main priority, however, there are excellent long distance trails and footpaths offering quality walking throughout this area at lower levels (e.g. Offa's Dyke, Clwydian Way, Dee Valley Way, North Berwyn Way, Severn Valley Way) and I have been completing local sections by doing short walks each time I visit, (frequently repeating some of my favourite sections).

The Llangollen Canal Path is one of those routes that I have been completing. The following are personal reports, organised to present a continuous narrative for anyone wishing to complete the walk in just two or three days from Llangollen. If I and my spaniel Flynn look much younger in some of the photos than others it's because we were!

[i] Horseshoe Falls, Llantysilio, Llangollen – Froncysyllte 10 kms / 6 miles

23.08.2014 Trevor/Froncysyllt (SJ 272412) Trevor Hill Wood (Both the main route and alternative permissive route were walked.)
25.07.2012 Trevor Hill Wood - Llangollen
12.08.2013 Llangollen - Llwyn Hen-part (SJ 220463)

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Above Llangollen

This section includes the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (walked on 23.08.2014) where a head for heights increases the enjoyment of the walk. The views of the Dee Valley from it are awesome and vice verca. It can be by-passed by taking the alternative permissive route of the Offa's Dyke Path. A good circular route that uses both may be taken from Trevor/Froncysyllt (SJ 272412) where there are good parking and refreshment opportunities.

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Trevor Basin

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Pontcysyllite Aquaduct

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Pontcysyllite Aquaduct and the River Dee from Ty Mawr Country Park

[ii] Froncysyllte to Chirk Bank 7.5 kms / 3.5 miles

27.03.2018 Froncysyllte to Chirk 6 kms / 2.5 miles
25.03.2018 Chirk tunnel, aqueduct and towpath to Chirk Bank 1.5 kms / 1 mile
04.03.2019 Chirk Tunnel, aqueduct and towpath to Chirk Marina and return, with C. Scott
The "Bridge", just off the towpath at Chirk Bank offers excellent views back across to the aqueduct and railway bridge, as well as good beers.

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Approaching Chirk Marina

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Chirk Bank to Hindford

Length: 16.4 km / 10.4 miles

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[iii] Chirk Bank to Lower Frankton

28.11.2018 Chirk Bank to Hindford
Much of this section is co-incident with part of the Shropshire Way and is very pleasant, easy walking throughout, even in adverse weather conditions. "The Poachers", near Gledrid Bridge (just five minutes from Chirk Bank) is excellent, dog friendly and well-positioned if you are walking this section from Chirk Bank (or just five minutes further if walking from the Llangollen direction).

Length: 7.28 km / 4.52 miles Ascent: +41m -45m Naismith: 1h 31m (Which is pretty much the time that we took)

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27.02.2019 Hindford to Lower Frankton
Another pleasant section, suitable for a decent dog walk in rather less than ideal conditions. Given it was mid-week and out of season, carrying a flask and something to eat proved to be a sensible course of action as everywhere that might have offered hospitality was closed.

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Hindford to Frankton, Bridge 4W

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Length: 2.52 miles 4.05 km Ascent: +25m -23m Naismith: 0h 51m
Not having support, this section had to be a morning's "out and back" walk, so we actually walked 5 miles/8 kms.

25.07.2019 (iv) Lower Frankton to Ellesmere
In the event, we started this section from the Café on the Hill at Welsh Frankton on the A495 (good food, convenient parking, very nice people) where we were dropped off. It's only a short, pleasant walk down to the canal from there, although there also is good parking at Lower Frankton.
It's good, pleasant, easy walking on quiet, well maintained footpaths and we took around 2.5 hours to walk this section. The interest increases as you reach Ellesmere and a number of off towpath variations exist if you want to explore further, including circular walks. In the event we walked on past Red Bridge (No. 58) and picked up a footpath which took us up to The Mere (excellent café, meals etc., and excellent service) an ideal spot for lunch and/or to be picked up.

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Approaching Bridge 69

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Approaching Ellesmere

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Blackwater Meadow Marina

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The Boathouse, The Mere, Ellesmere

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Length: 5.83 miles 9.38 km Ascent: +58m -98m Naismith: 1h 58m

Personal distance covered: 57 km /35.5 miles (which is that recorded on my log).

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Lake District: Scafell Pike

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Scafell Pike
Hewitts: Scafell Pike
Date walked: 18/07/2019
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 1005m
Views: 184

Lake District; High Spy

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: High Spy
Hewitts: High Spy
Date walked: 17/07/2019
Distance: 9.75km
Ascent: 675m
Views: 147

Lake District: Eel Crag and the Coledale Fells

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Barrow, Causey Pike, Eel Crag, Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags
Hewitts: Causey Pike, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Sail, Scar Crags
Date walked: 16/07/2019
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 1188m
Views: 157

Lake District: Dodd

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Dodd
Date walked: 15/07/2019
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 420m
Comments: 1
Views: 178

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 05/07/2019
Distance: 30km
Ascent: 200m
Views: 147

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 27/05/2019
Distance: 200km
Ascent: 2200m
Comments: 1
Views: 508

Glaramara from Borrowdale

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Wainwrights: Glaramara, Rosthwaite Fell
Hewitts: Dovenest Crag, Glaramara
Date walked: 03/05/2019
Distance: 16.75km
Ascent: 700m
Views: 14

Seathwaite Fell

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Wainwrights: Seathwaite Fell
Hewitts: Seathwaite Fell
Date walked: 02/05/2019
Distance: 11.5km
Ascent: 600m
Views: 17

Berwyns: Moel Fferna by the North Berwyn Way

Attachment(s) Hewitts: Moel Fferna
Date walked: 08/03/2019
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 385m
Views: 165

jonathan - norfolk

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