A challenging 16-mile circular starting at our base of Chirk Castle this self-led route offers a varied walk. There a number of steep climbs but the rewards are stunning views across the Dee Valley and Llangollen as well as passing over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and seeing Castell Dinas Bran situated above Llangollen.
Leaving Chirk Castle crossing the estates pastures you’ll follow the Offa’s Dyke Path and quiet lanes to the Llangollen Canal. At Froncysyllte you’ll cross the canal leaving the tow path to walk down the road to the River Dee looking back at the famous aqueduct which you’ll cross on the way back. You will then gradually climb and traverse the valley sides passing through Trevor Hall Woods and finally out onto the Panorama Walk lane which will offer level walking and relief after your climb whilst you take in views of the Dee Valley, Llangollen and Castell Dinas Bran. Another short climb takes you onto the Castle mound for more stunning views and a chance to rest before descending into Llangollen and an opportunity to get refreshments if required. Here you’ll join the Llangollen Canal for a long steady walk along the tow path and over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
It’s then towpath all the way back to Chirk passing through the Whitehouse tunnel and enjoying the calm passing barges along the canal. At Chirk you’ll see Chirk Tunnel before leaving the canal towpath and walk through a small woodland on the banks of the canal. After crossing a field and a lane you’ll enter the estate grounds for a steady climb through pastures to Chirk Castle where tea and cake awaits.
Sturdy footwear is recommended, and you may wish to bring a torch for the canal tunnel.
Advisory note: The walk is not recommended for those who have a fear of heights or suffer from vertigo because of walking across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which is 38 metres high.
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