Llantysilio Mountain and Berwyn slate quarriesSeptember 23, 2015
Llangollen has some brilliant walks that can vary from densely wooded valleys to high windswept moorlands, with many different varieties of terrain and a wealth of historic sights to enjoy. The heights around Llangollen, though officially only classed as hills, still offer exiting walking and dramatic views.
Llantysilio Mountain is the name given to a series of hills which run westwards from the top of the Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen. There are several routes you can take when approaching these hills and the least strenuous takes advantage of the 417m height of the Horseshoe Pass as a starting point.
A more challenging day will be had by approaching from the village of Rhewl, which sits at a much lower level just above the River Dee to the south.
The main peaks are Moel y Faen (548m), Moel y Gamelan (at 577m the highest summit), Moel y Gaer (504m) and Moel Morfydd (549m). These hills are connected by a well-used path. The summit of Moel y Gamelin has a large Bronze Age (2,300-1,200 BC) burial cairn, Moel y Gaer is ringed by the remains of an Iron Age (1200 BC-74 AD) hill fort, while Moel Morfydd hosts a trig point.
Lead was mined in the area around Llangollen as far back as Roman times. In 1696 Edward Lhuyd, wrote that lead was “previously mined at Fron Lwyd” in the Eglwyseg Valley. Slate too has been quarried since before 1700.
The Berwyn Slate Quarry was opened as the Clogau Quarry in 1690. It was, and still is, used to produce large slabs, for hearths, worktops, tombstones and billiard tables. At the height of its operations the quarry employed several hundred men.
Whichever starting point you take, the pleasant way through the Horseshoe Pass or the more strenuous route from Rhewl, you can expect an exhilarating day out with some truly fantastic views.
The ProAdventure shop is located on Castle Street, the main shopping street in Llangollen. The area is extremely beautiful and there are many different walks and activities one can participate in. If you’re in the town preparing for a walk do drop in for some local advice or if you need to purchase kit you might need for your day out.