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Ramblers: Ruabon Mountain and Llangollen on a Winter's Day.
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 12:27:07 PM »
Ruabon Mountain and Llangollen on a Winter's Day.

Say Walking and Wales in the same sentence and Snowdon may come to mind but nothing could be farther from the truth. The splendour of Welsh walking lies in its diversity and the solitude it offers away from its busiest spots. The limestone crags and moors above Llangollen have always been a great favourite of mine.

Look west from Bowstones above Lyme Park or Mellor Church on a clear day. Frodsham Edge is easy enough to see. The Clwydian hills between Mold and Ruthin are the obvious horizon and if you know where to look you can see Ruabon Mountain so enjoy if you see it from Bowstones; you will see more than we did standing on its mist shrouded summit last Sunday.

The sun shone as our coach crossed Cheshire but the bright start of the ascent of Ruabon Mountain offered nothing but a false hope which preceded mist, cold and madmen on mountain bikes. The Offa’s Dyke path ascends through Llandegla Forest. Clever planning sends the walker on a forest path but the forest tracks are reigned by mountain bikers travelling at unbelievable speeds. Other than for the occasional place where path crosses track and the occasional glimpse, the twain never shall meet and they enjoy a mutual though very different enjoyment of the forest.

Once out of the forest we were to ascend just east of World’s End (though the secret of what lay beyond World’s End was closely guarded by the mist). The walk offered a misty, boggy and silent solitude on Ruabon Mountain for much of the unremarkable day with a highlight of an unexpected visit from a kestrel flying low but fast through the mist which had to make a startled turn as it encountered Gorillas (well, walkers) in the Mist.

Our reward was to come towards the end of the day when we descended below the mist along a single track road aptly known as Panorama Walk to views of Llangollen with its Eisteddfod Pavillion, the deep valley of the River Dee echoing the screams of the stream train whistles echoing around the deep valley, the steep limestone crags west of Eglwyseg Mountain but most importantly, the spectacular Castell Dinas Bran.

Forget Conway or Beaumaris: Castell Dinas Bran may now be the remaining remnants of what was once a Medieval masterpiece but the difficult climb to its summit and the views ensure it will forever remain a favourite for the walker.

You may have missed your chance to visit Llangollen this time around but if you fancy one of our three walks at Ilkley on Sunday 1st March 2015 with Manchester Coach Rambles Group go to www.manchester-ramblers.org.uk and click ‘CRG’ or Coach Rambles for details. You can join the Coach at 0850 by the Brittania Hotel, Chorlton St Manchester if you like, but if the Ramblers coach is heading north, the Marple Branch of the Coach Rambles Group find it easier to drive on the motorway to park at Prestwich Metro station for free and join the coach at the bus stop on the Bury Rd (two minutes walk away)

Next Ramblers Public Transport walk Sunday February 22nd Broadbottom to Disley. Catch 0922 train from Piccadilly.

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