LLANTYSILIO HILLS FROM THE HORSESHOE PASS
DATE: Thursday June 22nd 2017
MEET: 09.00 a.m. behind Alison's to share cars to the Horseshoe Pass
ROUTE: From the Broxton roundabout take the A534 towards Wrexham. Continue round the Wrexham by-pass and join the A483 heading south. Exit at junction 4 and take the A525 right in the direction of Ruthin, passing through Coedpoeth. Continue on the A525 towards Llandegla. (Just after a bendy stretch of road, note the green signs for Llandegla Fishery on the right – we will be stopping at the cafe there on the way back.) At the traffic lights near Llandegla turn left on to the A5104, then after about a mile turn left again at the roundabout on to the Horseshoe Pass road A542. Drive up to the Ponderosa Cafe (SJ232484) and park opposite – NB the parking area is quite rough so take care as you enter it.
WALK: A scenic walk along the Llantysilio hills, which form a chain of small peaks stretching south-west from the Horseshoe pass. We will begin with a steady ascent to Moel y Faen, then avoid the steep, loose descent from Moel y Gamelin by by-passing it on paths which are fairly level but very narrow, contouring round the steep hillsides with superb views over the Dee valley. The path continues via Moel y Gaer and finally Moel Morfydd, with a contrasting return route on a mixture of quiet roads, field paths and lower level bridle paths which could be a bit muddy in places. About 8 miles, with 1400 ft of ascent spread over the day. Be aware that this walk does include three significant climbs, some fairly steep downhill stretches and some narrow paths/sheep tracks, but we will take our time to enjoy the views.
A shorter walk of about 5 miles, avoiding the last two hills, is available in the event of bad weather – Esme is happy to volunteer to lead this version anyway!
FOOD & ESSENTIALS: Intended as a short day walk so bring drinks/lunch as required. On the way back we can stop at the Llandegla Fishery cafe – nicer than the Ponderosa bikers' cafe – for a well-deserved drink. The weather is set to be very warm so please ensure that you are carrying plenty of water, have a protective hat with you and high factor sun screen.
LEADERS: Tony & Esme Crane
01829 770709, mobiles on the day, Tony 07857 619911, Esme 07709 227013
Please let us know if you intend to walk especially if travelling direct to the start, and which walk you will be doing.