Llangollen is the gate way to Snowdonia and its the reason I’ve been coming here for five years. Iv’e now moved here for good and I want everyone to know about the amazing attractions we have to offer!!
Dinas Bran & The Panorama
From most places in Llangollen you will still have a view of the castle on the hill. From the top you can see everything and get to explore the castle ruins.
Behind Dinas Bran you will find the magnificent limestone crags of the Panorama.
Built to feed the Shropshire Union Canal this feat of engineering was completed 1808 and still stands strong today. Why not see it from on the water in a white water raft!
A world heritage site, one of the wonder of Wales and a must visit attraction if you visit North Wales. Best way to see it? From the top!
Valle Crucis Abbey
With much of it still standing this majestic 13th century abbey is well worth a visit
The Llangollen Railway
From classic steam trains to Thomas the tank engine and even a real ale train the Llangollen railway offers something for the whole family. Have a look here to find out whats on and when.
Horse Drawn Canal Trip
Take a step back in time and discover the original way to travel the canal.
There’s so much more to do in Llangollen
From climbing and mountain biking to walks through some of North Wales finest scenery. Its an outdoor hub for the adrenaline seekers and a relaxing beauty spot the whole family can enjoy.
Having spent lots of my childhood outdoors, I started walking the hills, camping, mountain biking, climbing and even kayaking as a teenager. Through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and my Sixth Form College I learned skills and began travelling further afield to climb and walk in Snowdonia the Peak District, the Lake District, and ski in Scotland and Norway.
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.
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Thanks to Andy Lees of Go Kayaking Northwest there is a full selection of current Pyranha Demo Kayaks at River Active in Llangollen. As I paddle the site two or three times a week my interest was peaked when asked which boats I would be trying. In return for the loan of the boat I was asked to write a Pyranha 12R Review.
The 12R wasn’t on my list until I turned up on a bright and cold Sunday in February in the mood to paddle a loop, down the River Dee to town, then up the canal and drop back into the river for the return to Mile End mill. I paddle a Jackson Mixmaster mostly, so not ideal for the paddle up the canal, and there above the door was a brand new, unscratched Pyranha 12r just waiting for me to demo.
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As a kid I loved being outside. “I’m going out do my work” I would say to my parents. Then proceeded to dig in the sand pit for hours, or build another den. I had limited access to technology then, however as I moved into my teens that changed and my life was consumed by Gears of War and Call of Duty.
Our season started with a collaboration with our local Community Cinema, New Dot Cinema and ProAdventure sponsoring their showing of the film Mountain. The town hall was full to bursting with the big screen showing this visual delight.
Adventures at the Leading Edge
October brought Sarah McNair Landry and Erik Boomer across from the US with tales of some awe inspiring expeditions.
American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry came and did a tour of the UK a few years ago detailing their recently completed a gruelling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over a 1000km by kayak, ski and foot.