Today the towpath is buzzing with walkers, dogs and bikes so Ben and I had to escape to the hills. We walked along the towpath passing the old coaches at the Llangollen Railway Engineering and Restoration Base, just as an old diesel train tooted and came past. It's diesel day today so no steam trains running. We did walk as far as the canal bridge before the Chainbridge Hotel and then along the road to walk the lower path around part of Velvet Hill (Coed Hyrddyn). We met another short haired collie just a year old on route and the dogs played for ages, in fact Ben preferred his company to mine and took an age to come back!
We then walked down a slope, over a stile to cross the road and follow the signs through a field with loads of new lambs and their mums to walk past Valle Crucis Abbey and through the caravan park. I crossed the river on a footbridge, Ben paddled and we climbed the steps near the new 'camping pods' for hire from Abbey Farm. Three more stiles and we were walking the green track around the hillside which usually has lovely views of Valle Crucis Abbey with Velvet Hill behind it. But the mist came down so no views today.
Back along the road to the canal bridge by the Motor Museum and then back to the boat along the towpath and on the way we passed the horse drawn boat, one of the first of the season which started today- Ben was on a very short lead!