Have you….walked up Dinas Bran, paddled down the river, flown the skies, climbed the rocks, seen the black grouse, visited a hill fort, mountain biked a local trail, crossed the aqueduct, done the round, caught a fish, canoed the canal, biked up the Gwernant, ridden One Giant Leap, visited a mountain top, run a local fell race, swum in the river, attempted the Horseshoe pass time trial, the Hell Hole and the pillars at Dinbren?
The Royal International Pavilion was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992. It provides the main venue for the annual Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, where musicians and dancers from across the world compete in a spirit of friendship and harmony.
Some may not like the idea of canoeing on a canal, but when the canal in question is the Llangollen Canal World Heritage site and in an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, overlooked by mountains to North and South West that are Special Areas of Conservation and which itself overlooks the famous River Dee (another SAC) it is a pretty special experience. If you include the stunning bridge in the sky, a 126 foot high aqueduct then you are in for a stunning day out on the Llangollen Canal.
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and 50,000 visitors converge on Llangollen to sing and dance in a combination of competition, performance and international peace and friendship. This year’s 70th International Eisteddfod runs 3rd – 9th July.
there’s a good amount of most kind of adventures in the Llangollen area, here is our run down. Let me know what I’ve missed.
Paddling the Llangollen Canal
from Horseshoe Falls to Pontcysllte Aqueduct the Llangollen Canal is a world heritage, popular in both canoe and kayak, plus the odd Stand up Paddleboard. The canal is fed from the River Dee and heads into the Midlands, with two aqueducts, one 126 feet above Continue reading Self Guided Adventures in Llangollen
Llangollen is a town of 3000 or so residents in North East Wales, just an hour or so from Liverpool, Manchester and the outskirts of Birmingham. If you have ever driven into North Wales on the A5 you will recognise the view as the mountains rear up and close in around you and Castle Dinas Bran rises up on it’s own hill top to your right. The valley has been carved by the River Dee, a magnet for white water kayakers, canoeists and rafters from all over the world.
We have picked a few of our favourite events coming up in 2017, if we have missed yours please add it in the comments below. If you get them to us soon then we can add them in to this article.
Llangollen is a town of 3000 or so residents in North East Wales, just an hour or so from Liverpool, Manchester and the outskirts of Birmingham. If you have ever driven into North Wales on the A5 you will recognise the view as the mountains rear up and close in around you and Castle Dinas Bran rises up on it’s own hill top to your right. The valley has been carved by the River Dee, an magnet for white water kayakers, canoeists and rafters from all over the world.
We have picked a few of our favourite events in 2016, if we have missed yours please add it in the comments below. Continue reading Events in Llangollen in 2016
The 2016 Tentipi Gathering is being held this year at Underhill Farm on the Shropshire-Welsh border in the village of Pant (24th-26th June). Located near Oswestry, a section of Offa’s Dyke is only a stone’s throw away, and makes an interesting walk to investigate. Continue reading Explore Offa’s Dyke at the Tentipi Gathering
The 2016 Walking Festival offers something for all levels of walker as the friendly guides in Llangollen and the Dee Valley in North Wales help you explore and enjoy the wonderfully historic, mythical and scenic landscape of the area.
Walks on offer include short history walks with a Blue Badge Guide through the UNESCO World Heritage site and Llangollen town, two walks which include a Steam Train ride, challenging wilderness walks, a photography walk and a walk along a section of Offa’s Dyke.
They’re not available on every walk, but the Festival also features free Welsh beer (over 18s only), free Welsh Dragon Poo Cake and free Cerist Welsh mineral water from Snowdonia.
SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2016
• World Heritage site walk with Blue Badge Guide – 4.5 miles easy
• Castle, Cliffs, Abbey and Canal – 8 miles moderate
• Wilderness Walk over high moors – 16 mile challenging
SUNDAY MAY 1, 2016
• Photography Walk & Talk – 3 hours easy
• History in the Landscape Walk with Blue Badge Guide – 3.5 miles easy
• Train Ride & Dee Valley Walk – 8 miles moderate
• Wilderness Walk & Train Ride over high grouse moors with a Steam Train Ride back – 15 miles challenging
MONDAY MAY 2, 2016
• Llangollen Town History Walk with Blue Badge Guide – 2 hours easy
• Nordic Walking Beginners Session
• Nordic Walking Advanced Session
• Wilderness Walk via World’s End – 12 miles challenging
Take a walk into our new ProAdventure shop too…there’s always something to see.