Walkers in this annual event may start or end their trek into the Welsh country side with a ride on the heritage railway from or to the stations on the line between Llangollen and Carrog.

The Llangollen Railway offers access to wide areas of the Dee Valley, now designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are many short or long walks from each of the stations.

Announcing the annual event the press release from the organisers says:

The beautiful Victorian Welsh border town whose 14th century bridge spans the fast flowing River Dee is again gearing-up for the annual Walking Festival on May 3-4.

Explore with professional and local guides who will share with walkers their knowledge of local history and heritage whilst walking with them through some of the most spectacular glacial landscape in North Wales, with the nostalgic whistle of the heritage steam train echoing up the valley.

Enjoy a short ‘one foot in the past’ two-hour history morning walk each day in the company of a Green Badge guide, learning about the local people, architecture and history.

Or a slightly longer ‘history in the landscape’ three-hour afternoon walk learning about Cistercian Valle Crucis Abbey (c1201), Prince Madoc’s Castell Dinas Bran, 750 feet above the town (c1260), Thomas Telford’s Llangollen canal (1805) and more.

Jump aboard the heritage ‘steam train’ for the eight mile ‘Dee Valley meander’ scenic walk through hill farms and fields full of spring lambs or choose the ‘romantic ruins and stunning views’ eight-miler taking in the romantic castle ruins, stunning Eglwyseg escarpment for the big, big views, and more.

For the fitter walker, there is the 13 mile ‘World’s End, moors and more’ and/or a 14 mile ‘high moors wilderness trek’ which rewards the tired walker with a relaxing ‘steam train’ ride back to the starting point.

All afternoon and full day walks finish at the Horse Drawn Boats Wharf Café between 4.00pm and 4.30pm.

Organiser Mike Smart of TREKsmart Hill Walking Guides says ‘the walks showcase the beautiful River Dee valley, Canal towpaths and towering limestone cliffs, the ruined Abbey of Valle Crucis and the medieval Castle, breathtaking natural scenery and fascinating industrial heritage’.

All the walks are in and around this ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town within the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Area of Special Conservation (ASC) and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Llangollen (the friendly) WALKING Festival May 3-4.

 Places are limited, online bookings are recommend.

 Small charges apply, train ride fares where applicable are included in the entry price.

 To book visit: www.llangollenwalkingfestival.eventbrite.co.uk

 Find it on Facebook.com/LlangollenWALKINGFestival

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