Started cool and clear and just got better – just about sums up the day. Got to Llangollen early to grab a car park space and Brian led us off down the main street, across the bridge and up to the top of Castell Dinas Bran to pause for the views. (See pics in the gallery) We descended the back of the hill and saw the signs warning walkers of avalanche dangers: the danger had passed by the time we went through. We crossed the path of groups of D of E walkers all heading east. This was a large, 50+, party from Wolverhampton who had overnighted at Valle Crucis and were now heading by various routes to the pick-up in Trevor village. We headed north-west and up the stony gulley to the top of the rocks above the Eglwyseg Plantation. It was here we sat for a good while just taking in the views and letting nature re-charge our batteries. From here we strolled gently down a shallow valley accompanied by birdsong in profusion: glad Len was along to give names to all we heard, including the derivation of the wheatear’s name.
The land now changed as we followed the Offa’s Dyke Path through Trevor Hall Woods, skirting the caravan park in the quarry and out to the canal at the Bryn Howel Hotel. The canal was full of boats to-ing and fro-ing at a leisurely pace and we followed the towpath at a similar leisurely pace, stopping for lunch at a convenient picnic table. There was much evidence of the recent heavy snow by the great number of large trees that had been brought down and fallen across the canal and the A539 as we neared the town. Back into the town it seemed that the whole population of the West Midlands had turned out to stroll in the middle of the road, and one of our number was even tempted into an ice-cream cornet. A good end to a good day.