Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A Seven Mile Walk-Valle Crucis & Coed Hyrddyn

Today Liz and I did a very long walk, it took us hours but the sun was shining so it was a brilliant day for a walk. We walked the towpath as far as the bridge before the Motor Museum and then followed the footpaths taking us past Valle Crucis Abbey. You could see the camping pods in the grounds near the old fishing pond as well as caravans galore. Walking towards Hendre past the plantation we saw new cabins and more fishing ponds we'd never noticed before.
 
Valle Crucis Abbey and the caravan park

The camping pods at Valle Crucis Abbey
 
Canal side properties near the Motor Museum with Velvet Hill

A view of Velvet Hill (Coed Hyrddyn)

Dee side properties near the Motor Museum
We continued our walk until we came to a couple of stiles to take us up a lane to the road leading to the 15th century Brittania Inn. Behind the inn is a path leading up to Pen-y-Bryn. The path leaves the fence  and gently rises across the gorse and bracken covered hillside. It also crosses the remains of an incline part of a tramway system built in 1852 used for transporting slate from the quarries at Horseshoe Pass to the Llangollen Canal.  It actually used to end at Pentrefelin as the Motor Museum is housed in the old  slate and slab works.

We finally followed the track down taking us to Llantisilio and then took the road passing Llantisilio Hall and back to Llantisilio Church. From there we were on familiar territory back alongside the canal towpath. We passed some lovely canalside properties and admired the houses alongside the River Dee. The water levels are much lower now after  they were a few weeks ago.

Back on the boat, boots off, fed and watered.......I think I'll read my book!
 

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