Life on the Edge   8 comments


Im catching up on my outings and we are now into October so at least I’m posting in the same month as activity that created it. A cracking forecast and a plan to meet a few of the gang for a mid-Wales walk in the hills to the north of Llangollen. In the end it was just me TJS, TBF and Uncle Fester from Manchester. A hearty breakfast in the Ponderosa cafe atop the Horseshoe Pass started a stunning day, all clear blue skies and fog filled valleys



A short drive to the rather splendidly named World’s End for a walk along the Limestone edges of Eglwyseg Mountain



A superb clear morning perfect for this easy although long ramble in this secretive corner of Wales. The Horseshoe Pass itself is famous but tucked away to the east, almost unseen is a long limestone escarpment with some cliffs to rival anywhere else in the UK. There are no actual paths or rights of way marked along the edges but its open access land and thin paths are there if you seek them out. The views from the rim of the precipice across green valleys to the dark and contrasting brown and heather clad Llantysilio Mountain are fantastic. We’d only been walking half an hour before we stopped for a brief rest to take it all in on the edge of Craig Arthur



The walk along the edges is easy and superb with wide ranging vistas and a real sense of air. The edges are sheer and dramatic


We weaved around amongst the various terraces and eventually the hilltop Castell Dina Bran came into view. We dropped down a very narrow and steep gully to reach the the terraces of long abandoned quarries (you can see them on the left of the photo below)


This lower terrace was equally superb, an easy stroll on a grassy path with views of the castle always focusing the gaze



On a warm, clear, sunny autumn day it was an absolute delight



Lunch was planned for the castle although its a short steep pull to the top



The views from the castle on its very steep and isolated summit are unsurprisingly superb



It was busy as you’d expect but we found a quiet sheltered spot and spent a very happy hour enjoying the warm sunshine and admiring the views.


I’m a fan of views from up high over towns and cities so I was particularly impressed with the view over Llangollen, as well as westwards towards Llantysilio Mountain and beyond



The ruins are scant but very evocative and I believe its one of the many, many places linked to the legend of King Arthur, he did get about that fella’.




The trees were in autumn berry cloaks and the gorse was still flowering – some real colour contrasts to enjoy



We returned via some linked paths and roads that follow the base of the cliffs. Equally impressive and quite staggeringly deserted



The path follows the indents of the various gullies that scythe the face of the limestone, perched below the cliffs and screes and above the farmland. It was an exceptionally enjoyable stretch of walking as fine as any in the UK and as i said its seems very little known



It finished with a long rising traverse across the slopes to reach the edges near Craig Arthur where we sat for a few minutes to enjoy the last of views before the short walk back to the car


A memorable day, and a long one at 12 miles, finished off in the appropriate style with a slap up meal at the rather excellent Corn Mill in Llangollen. Early start and late home but justly rewarded


8 responses to “Life on the Edge

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  1. I missed a classic! I can remember driving past the Castle plenty of times, and I know that I have walked around Llangollen years ago, but I don’t think I’ve walked either above or below these edges. One day. (Maybe when B can drive himself to rugby?)


  2. Wonderful!


  3. Love the shot of the fog down below in the valley!


  4. It’s absolutely stunning walking on the Eglwyseg isn’t it? I haven’t done the paths on the lower terraces but I intend to next year. I think I went from Castell Dinas Bran to World’s End last time I did the walk but it was years ago now. Superb photos!


    • I absolutely love this area and the walk either along the top of the edges or on the paths that traverse below the cliffs are equally stunning. And yet still relatively quiet as everyone heads past for Snowdonia


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