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.
Llangollen Walking Festival
Held at the end of April / beginning of May, this festival has guided walks for all levels. Some even providing free beer.
Corwen Walking Festival
Just 12 Miles away up the River this festival has lots of picturesque and historic walks in September each year.
With options from a 3 hour guided walk to 20 miles in the hills around Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid), this is run by The Rotary Club in May.
Wrexham Walking Festival
Several of the walks in this week long festival visit the Llangollen area, this runs in June each year.
The Offas Dyke Path
Running from Chepstow in South Wales through to Prestatyn in the North this National Walking Trail takes in several local walks including Trevor Hall Woods, and the Llantisilio escarpement, with great views over the Dee Valley and Dinas Bran.
The Llangollen Round
A combination of elements of the Dee Valley Way and North Berwyn way, this is run as a Bi annual one or two day sponsored challenge for runners and walkers.
The Dee Valley Way
Following the hills north of the River Dee
More of a canal side walk, but finishing at the river, walk from the centre of town to Horseshoe Falls on the Llangollen Canal.
Castle Dinas Bran
You can not pass through Llangollen without seeing the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran atop the hill overlooking the town. A 40 minute climb will give you a taste of the areas long history as you walk to the 14th century ruin. You’ll need to take a long hard look to spot some of the carbon fibre rods holding some of the ruins together.
North Berwyn Way
The Berwyn Mountain Range is never busy, but is the home to many Raptors and is consequently a Special Area of Conservation.
There are many other local walks exploring Llangollen’s Natural, human and industrial history. The town and Valley include a World Heritage site and three Special Areas of Conservation, beautiful views of Mountains and the River Dee, woodland walks and much more.
Just pop into our shop in the middle of town, for advice, guidance and maps.