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|The Corn Mill and Pen-y-Coed|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 27 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2.5 mile, fairly strenuous, circular pub walk from the Corn Mill in Llangollen, Denbighshire. The Corn Mill, as the name suggests, is a converted mill which sits over the mill race and rapids on the banks of the River Dee. The interior is really beautiful with a great jumble of old beams everywhere, and the water wheel turning slowly behind the bar. The walking route climbs up to explore Pen-y-Coed, a woodland which occupies a prominent steep-sided ridge on the eastern side of Llangollen. |
The walk has long and steep climbs and descents throughout. The path surfaces, particularly on the eastern side of the woodland, are loose and shaley and can be slippery in both wet and dry conditions. There are a number of kissing gates on route, plus two stiles (both of which have large gaps alongside for dogs). You will cross one hillside field that may be holding horses. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Llangollen is located just off the A5, about 10 miles south-west of Wrexham. The walk starts and finishes from the Corn Mill on Dee Lane. Approximate post code LL20 8PN. The pub does not have a car park, so you will need to park in the short-stay pay and display car park on Market Street (£1 for 4 hours, correct Summer 2013). Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and take the road opposite signed for the riverside walk. Follow the road as it swings right and then take the first left into Dee Lane, where you’ll find the Corn Mill.
|Start to Queen Street|
Start point: 52.9708 lat, -3.171 long
Stand in Dee Lane facing the Corn Mill. Turn right along the lane and you’ll come out to the T-junction with the main road (with the river bridge to the left). Turn right and then take the first left into Bridge Street.
|Queen Street to Woodland Kissing Gate|
Start point: 52.9686 lat, -3.1653 long
Turn left for a few yards, cross over the road using the pedestrian crossing and then turn right into Brook Street. Continue past the small parking area on the left and, further up, cross over the side road, Horseshoe Pass View. A few paces later, fork left up the steep tarmac slope leaving the pavement.
|Woodland Kissing Gate to Ridge Top Path|
Start point: 52.9669 lat, -3.1619 long
Pass through the gate, go down the steps and, a few paces later, go straight ahead at the minor crossroads. Follow this shaley path which follows a low ridgeline with the edge of the woodland sloping away down to the right.
|Ridge Top Path to Stile|
Start point: 52.9644 lat, -3.1548 long
Turn right along this wider path, using this piece of easier level walking to catch your breath. Just before the path begins to descend, swing left onto a less well-defined path, heading gently uphill between the trees. This soon levels off and continues to swing left before descending to reach a gap in a beautiful slate wall.
|Stile to End|
Start point: 52.9671 lat, -3.1587 long
Cross this stile and the next one just a few yards later, then bear left along the ridge path. Follow the main obvious path, ignoring any smaller paths off to the left or right. You will emerge out into the start of a grass hillside field. Ahead you will have great views of Llangollen in the valley below. Keep ahead along the left-hand boundary and you will see the kissing gate that you used to enter the woods on your outward leg.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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