This Saturday's ARS (Audlem Ramblers Society) expedition is to Llandegla forest and Llantysilio mountains. It's led by Will Williams, leading to suggestions this could be a Young-ARS hike but it is open to all members of ARS.
It's an undulating walk through forest, heath and valley terrain. The route takes in four small peaks with excellent views in clear conditions on mainly solid paths with occasional short muddy sections.
There's several historical points of interest and three options, all mainly easy walking with some short very steep ascents and descents:
-A walk: 17-21km, 700m ascent. A good walk for fitness training, with several short very steep ascents and descents. 7 hours
-B walk: 14-18km, 575m ascent. Missing off the last peak, Moel Morfydd. 6 hours.
-C walk: 10-12km, 305 m ascent. Takes in only first peak, Sir Watkins Tower and avoids steep sections. 3hrs.
Map: OS explorer 256 Wrexham & Llangollen. Transport: Leave Audlem car park 8.30am, meeting before this for car shuffling.
The start is Llandegla village off the A525, GR 198 518. Excellent breakfast butties are served at Llandegla mountain bike centre on the way to the start. Start off through Llandegla forest which has good al fresco toilet facilities. Pub in Llandegla will be open at the finish.
Bonus features include a myriad of interesting fungi and blackberries and bilberries in Llandegla forest. Also the remains of the Sir Watkins Tower on all versions of the walk; Poderosa café; Earthworks of hill fort at Moel y Baer (A & B walks).
Also great views across Llangollen, of Clwydian range including Moel Famau, and the mountains of Snowdonia and possibly the Berwyns. There's Quarry workings, old green lanes and pleasant valleys and, to finish, a pub!
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