16 March
Dave Edwards
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Chirk Castle (photo left) Castle to Castle Thursday March 16th. (Chirk Castle to Castle Dinas Bran-Llangollen.)

Walk is approximately 8 miles & 600 m of ascent. It will follow for the most part, (with a variation from myself to avoid the very busy B4500), the idea formulated by Mike Stephens in his book "The North Wales Castles Trail". It will include the Ceiriog River, the aqueduct & viaduct, the splendid Davies gates of 1712 (Chirk Castle), the Ceiriog Trail, the Maelor Way, Offa's Dyke, Chirk Castle, climbing the escarpment that looks down into the splendid Llangollen Valley, Llangollen & our destination, and the ruined Castle Dinas Bran that's stood proudly over the Llangollen town for many centuries.

This is a linear walk so we'll have to meet at 9:15. am in the main Chirk Car Park (free) which is to be found by taking the 1st left (Colliery Road and 1st right), just before The Cenotaph. There's plenty of coffee & hot food shops open for walkers, whilst some cars will be needed to be dropped off in Llangollen.

Assemble at the Cenotaph, to leave at 10. am please, with the walk finishing at the top of Castle Dinas Bran, before having a well deserved pint in Llangollen.

Suggested driving Route: M53/A55/A483 (with several miles of contraflow which appears to be free flowing), A5 (which is the 2nd road into Llangollen), at the Halton roundabout (1st one) left to Chirk B5070. Allow 1Hours driving to be sure.

Please let me know that you're walking & your up-to-date mobile number & if you're driving on the day who you'll be taking (as I'll need to organise lifts) & then I can work out who would be kindly dropping off their car in Llangollen? (free car parking).

Fingers crossed for a sunny day because the views as we traverse down into the Llangollen Valley are very beautiful.

Many thanks,