Saturday, March 12, 2011

Another Walk, Another VIew of Velvet Hill

A view of Velvet Hill from the incline

Today Liz and I did a seven mile walk and it included several sections of climbing up hills... I knew I'd done it by the time we got back to the boats. The dogs of course walked a lot further. We started off by walking along a familiar route overlooking Valle Crucis Abbey and then continuing along the track past a plantation to Hendre, a sign post and an awkward stile. The stile was high and it had a big drop on the other side, Ben had no trouble but we lifted Connie over as she suffers with her joints and it was just too high. A few stiles later and we walked through the car park of the Brittania Inn, it looked a nice place....must remember to make a stop when we have more time. Climbing up past Pen-y-Bryn was slow progress but we had a completely different view of Velvet Hill (Coed Hyrddyn). We crossed the remains of an incline, part of a tramway system for transporting slate from quarries at Horseshoe Pass to the Llangollen canal. We enjoyed the lovely views while the dogs enjoyed the freedom of the open hillside as there were no sheep until we were back down in fields. Llantisilio Hall is impressive as we walked past on the road down to Llantisilio Church and then the Horseshoe Falls and back along the canal. We passed the old Pentrefelin Slate works which was the terminus of the tramway built in 1852 and now houses a vintage car collection as the Motor Museum. Back on the boat it was lunch then a lazy afternoon, Eric was watching the rugby and Wales WON!!!

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