20 mile walk - Self-led

Big Welsh Walk 20 miles

Leaving Chirk Castle crossing the estates pastures you’ll follow the Offa’s Dyke Path and quiet lanes to the Llangollen Canal. You will pass over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and pick up the Offa’s Dyke Path where 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 whist you take in views of the Dee Valley, Llangollen and Castell Dinas Bran.

You will continue past Castell Dinas Bran on your left along the Panorama Walk passing the cliff faces before descending down onto the Clwydian Way, crossing the Eglwyseg River near to the Valle Crucis Abbey ruins, climbing Velvet Hill with stunning views of the Dee Valley and the Llantysilio Mountains beyond. The route descends to Horseshoe Falls the starting point for the Llangollen Canal on which you return to Llangollen, cross the River Dee then climb over Pen-y-coed picking up the Ceiriog Trail and a steady climb to quiet lanes as you return to Chirk Castle.

Our challenging 20-mile route this year takes in a number of local highlights starting at Chirk Castle, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Castell Dinas Bran, the Panorama rock face, Velvet Hill, Horseshoe Falls and the Llangollen Canal.

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.

As a signed up participant you'll receive:

  • A Big Welsh Walk t-shirt
  • A goody bag
  • Discount offers from local businesses

And your Big Welsh Walk medal when you complete the walk!

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