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Denbighshire Walk
Ruabon Mountain & The Limestone Edges of Llangollen

County/Area - Denbighshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 11.0 miles / 17.9 km    Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Time - 6 hours 50 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SJ234432
Lat 52.980648 // Long -3.142328
Postcode LL20 7UH (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Ruabon Mountain & The Limestone Edges of Llangollen

This a grand circuit despite some road walking at the beginning of the route. "Full of contrasts" is how the route is best described with a section of open moorland contrasting with the dramatic limestone edge that overlooks the River Dee and the town of Llangollen.

Parking near Trevor Rocks (grid ref. SJ 234432) provides a good place to start and from here follow the lane southeast. Turn left at the first junction (or take the footpath that cuts the corner) and continue on the lanes past Prospect Place, Cefn-y-fedw, and Hafod Farm. Then turn left for Bryn-Adda. At the end of this lane a footpath enters open moorland. Care is required for the next short stage. Keeping the same heading leave the Frozen Clock following the fence and low wall on your right. At the end of the wall bear left into the left field then keep close to its right hedge to drop down to a stile into the woods. A pleasant path descends to a footbridge. At the path junction (Grid ref. SJ 261456) turn left climbing up through the woods to its boundary to join a track. Turn right and follow this path should be followed around the western perimeter of the woods to reach a minor road (grid ref. SJ 263470). Turn left onto the lane and locate the footpath on the left about 300 metres up the lane.

This path leads across open moorland roughly due west to bring to World's End. Do not enter the plantation but skirt the perimeter heading first south and then west. This brings you onto the limestone edge on the upper level. Below is the Offa's Dyke Path, which skirts the base of the edge. There are many paths and tracks along the edge but it is best to stay as high as you can.

Although this may sound a very simple explanation the remaining three miles (5 km) of the walk are best completed by staying as high as you can following the clear path. To your right the view is superb including Castell Dinas and the River Dee meandering through the Vale of Llangollen. Arrival at Trevor Rocks and your transport is a straightforward exercise and you are left wondering whether this wonderful limestone escarpment really is North Wales!

Other walks nearby

Walk 1845 Castell Dinas Bran from Llangollen - easy/mod - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 2598 Ruabon Mountain, World's End & Panorama Circular - moderate - 12.5 miles/20.3 km

Walk 3655 Rhewl, Moel y Gamelin & Moel Morfydd - moderate - 5.4 miles/8.8 km

Walk 3031 Cadair Berwyn from Cwm Maen Gwynedd - moderate - 9.3 miles/15 km

Walk 1528 Moel Famau from Bwlch Penbarra - easy/mod - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

Walk 2905 The Llangollen Canal from Ellesmere - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km

Walk 1259 Foel Fenli & Moel Famau from Loggerheads - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km

Walk 1256 Cadair Bronwen from Llandrillo - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km

Walk 1086 Post Gwyn and Craig-y-Mwn from Pistyll Rhaeadr - moderate - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 3053 Berwyn Tops from Tan Y Pystyll - moderate - 14.0 miles/22.8 km

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