Our ProAdventure store is located on Castle Street, the main shopping street in Llangollen which spans the River Dee. The area is extremely beautiful and there are many different walks and activities one can participate in so we thought we should talk about some of the wonderful locations that surround us. This month we’re focusing on the nearby World’s End walk.
World’s End is a narrow valley located between Wrexham and Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. Situated at the head of the Eglwyseg Valley, it is enclosed by the cliffs of Craig y Forwyn, Craig y Cythraul and Craig yr Adar which provide panoramic views all along its length. The striking and dominating outcrop of carboniferous limestone is a very popular area for walkers, ramblers and climbers and provides spectacular scenery all year round, offering remarkable 360 degree views on a clear day.
In the screes of frost-eroded limestone you can find many coral and sea shell fossils indicating that this raised mountain was once beneath a shallow, warm sea.
World’s End lies on a single track road from the small village of Minera near Wrexham to a public car park at the top of the Eglwyseg Valley, the drive giving one an unreal sense of seclusion from the modern world. The road fords the Eglwyseg River and passes under the Horseshoe Pass before eventually reaching Llangollen and the car park is conveniently located so you can leave your car and set off for a walk pretty much straight away.
The route is graded a relatively easy walk but you do need to be sure footed for the descent into the valley. It is a steep and rocky path with several fallen trees lying across it. If you’re setting out after a heavy rainfall, or the first rains of autumn after a dry summer, it is worth stopping at the pot-holes along the way where you can still hear the passage of the river below ground.
There are several route options for the walk each with worthy viewpoints, but also of interest to look out for are the small limekilns dating from the late 1700s-1800s, and evidence of a short-lived lead and silver mine which was in use between the 1860-1880. The well-known Offa’s Dyke Path also passes through World’s End.
If you’re just beginning to think about walking this season, it’s a good idea to check out the condition of your footwear. You must have comfortable, dry feet in a pair of well-fitting boots. But shopping for footwear can be taxing so we have provided some very useful tips on our website here:
But importantly please don’t buy walking boots via mail order! We have our range online for customers who are replacing a tried and trusted brand and style, but your feet are incredibly important and should be treated with respect – so visit a good outdoor shop with a reputation for good boot fitting. If you’re thinking about enjoying one of the many varied walks in our area do drop by ProAdventure in Llangollen. Our practical knowledge and expertise covers a wide range of requirements and brands including Scarpa, Meindl, Oboz, Grisports and Hi-tec boots and shoes.