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Castell Dinas Bran from Llangollen Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SJ215421
Lat 52.9704860 + Long -3.1703534
Postcode LL20 8PG (approx. location only)

This Denbighshire walk explores the ruins of the 13th century Castell Dinas Bran perched on an outcrop high above the town. The walk starts from the bridge over the River Dee in the centre of the town (grid ref. SJ215421). A variety of options for parking are available within the town with several pay and display parking areas signed from the main roads. After parking locate the bridge.

From the bridge, aptly called the Llangollen Bridge, walk north (with Llangollen railway station to your left). At the T-junction cross the road using the pedestrian crossing and turn right along the A539 towards Ruabon. Almost immediately turn left into Wharf Hill. After a short distance take the tarmac path on the right angling up to the Llangollen Canal towing path. Follow this tarmac path east (with the canal on your left) for just over a mile. To reach the first overbridge at Llanddyn Cottage (grid ref. SJ231425). Bear right off the canal towpath, turn left up the lane and cross the canal.

Stay on the lane, which climbs steadily, passing Llandyn Hall on your right to reach the entrance to Llandyn Hall Farm (grid ref. SJ228427), turn left and follow the path across fields. Bear left after a short distance and continue past Wern-uchaf to reach a lane (grid ref. SJ224426). Turn right up the lane climbing steadily. After half a mile of walking on the lane, turn left at the fingerpost pointing to Castell Dinas Bran (grid ref. SJ226432). The path climbs steeply soon reaching the ruins of this 13th century castle from where some superb views over Llangollen and the surrounding hills and valleys can be enjoyed.

Descend to the left to join a track enclosed with fences. This leads you a crossroads (grid ref. SJ216428). Go straight across and continue the descent down a narrow lane to reach Wern Road (grid ref. SJ215422). Go straight ahead crossing the Llangollen Canal following Wharf Hill back towards the Llangollen Bridge.

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