The Pontcysyllte Aquaduct from the River Dee on the way to Ty Mawr Country Park.
Part of the walk along he towpath heading for Froncysyllte.
Normal lunchtime activities!
The view across the Dee Valley towards Trevor Rocks, Dinas Bran and the Llantysilio Mountains.
A different view of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct from above the village of Froncysyllte.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.5 miles. Climb:1384'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average:2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Phil, Celia, Sylvia and Dave J.
Showers anticipated, but thankfully they were only very light, just enough to make the effort to put on waterproofs for a short time before and after lunch.
The section new to us from Trevor Basin along Offa's Dyke Path to Ty Mawr Country Park was very pleasant, despite the fact that view back towards the aqueduct were somewhat limited. One section through Pentre was a little contrived, but it did get us away from a busy road for about mile. As always walking along the towpath is always pleasant, and today there were lot of colourful narrow boats to see too. However the highlight of the day was a female Mallard trying to keep watch over twelve ducklings of various sizes.
Lunch was taken as we descended Croes Yr Esgob along the Llwybr Ceiriog Trail in a 20 minute spell of sunshine between showers.
The views across the Dee valley towards Trevor Rocks and Dinas Bran were superb once the rain clouds had dispersed.
A good walk, always better when the last mile or so is down hill or flat and the Sun is shining as it was today.
Birds seen or heard today included: Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Blue tit, Jackdaw, Jay, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Blackbird, Black-billed magpie, Goldfinch. Redstart, Mallard, Chiffchaff, Winter wren, Blackcap, Common buzzard, House sparrow and Common swift.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Telford Inn, Trevor where the locally (Llantysillio) Llangollen Bitter went down well. Gordon seemed to enjoy his bowl of chips too (bought by Celia). The rest of us enjoy a chip or two as well.