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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Walkers' weekend planned for Llan

A walking weekend will be staged in Llangollen in early May.

Trekkers will be able to choose routes of varying length, all taking advantage of the area’s scenic beauty and rich history.
The weekend will be on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5 and organiser Mike Smart said: “Llangollen has a wealth of history, heritage and a beautiful landscape. In fact, it is a walkers' wonderland.
“Those taking part can choose from short, medium and long challenging walks led by professional guides who will share their local knowledge of colourful history, heritage and folklore whilst guiding you through some of the most beautiful countryside in North Wales.
“Walks range from a two-hour historic town walk to one going across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Thomas Telford's 1805 industrial masterpiece 127ft high above the stunning Dee Valley.
“There is also a challenging 14-mile high moors wilderness walk with a steam train ride back.”
All walks start from the Tourist Information Centre in Llangollen.
Prices range from £5 to £9. For more details on the weekend and to book, visit:
Former town clerk Ian Parry, who has been involved in bringing the event to the area, said: “We achieved Walkers are Welcome Town status for Llangollen about four years ago and the first year we organised a successful walking weekend based at the Pavilion.

“Main reason for seeking that status was to attract more walkers to the town and help the local economy.
“Now that I have retired I felt I should organise something to ensure Llangollen does not lose its accreditation as a Walkers are Welcome Town.”
He added: “I did set up a small Llangollen Walking Group as part of the Walkers are Welcome initiative and I need now to arrange a meeting of the group to see if we can organise some other walking events.
“If anyone is interested in joining our group they can contact me on 01978 753897, 07785 541445, or by emailing”

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