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 2019, 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. If our dates are wrong or missing please add them in the comments.
I have lived in the Llangollen area almost my whole life, growing up in Glyn Ceiriog, living in Llangollen and currently residing in Glyndyfrdwy. I have been a serious Mountain Biker since the age of 10, so about 25 years. There aren’t many routes I don’t know in this area, and in my opinion, there is no better way to experience the outdoors than by bike. However, “legal”places to ride, especially in this area, are few and far between. More often than not, bridleways turn into footpaths, there are long road sections between them, or just none at all.
Llangollen and it’s surrounding mountains have almost everything for the mountain biker. From canal towpaths, to drovers roads, big climbs, open mountain rides and National League Downhill racing.
The Llangollen area is not perhaps the first place that springs to mind when you think about rock climbing in North Wales. It is often ignored by the hordes travelling West to the famous routes and crags of Snowdonia. But if you fancy getting away from the crowds and exploring a beautiful area with a host of climbing through the grades then it is worth stopping off to see what is on offer.
The River Dee is the most reliable rafting River in Wales, the water is kept up all through summer so that Chester and Warrington get enough drinking water, so the river is always raftable, unlike the Dam Release Dependent River Tryweryn at Bala, which is refutable about 200 days per year..
Our Welsh Adventure Bucket list for Llangollen on the Dee Valley includes rock climbing, paragliding, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, hill for, mountain biking, the river in the sky, fishing, a charity challenge, fell running and wild swimming. What would you add?
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.