Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Lazy Weekend in Llangollen

Over the weekend, I agreed to take LT for possibly his last camping trip of the season.   Let the record show that I OFFERED: I was not dragged.   Well, not on this occasion, anyway.  

We decided to head across to Denbighshire and do a spot of outdoor sleeping (after all, that’s pretty much what it is, no?) at the campsite at Carrog Station.  Prior to this, however, we thought we’d take a look around Llangollen and check out the aqueduct.    

The weather, although billed to be pretty miserable, was pretty much perfect all day, and we pitched up at Trevor Basin and mingled in with the masses in order to see what the views were like from canal.   Trevor Basin is such a lovely setting, with barges gently floating on the water and holiday makers and dog walkers strolling along the pathways or basking in the sunshine from the comfort of the pub on the opposite side. 

Beautiful barges on the river at Llangollen
aqueduct trevor basin
Aqueduct at Trevor Basin
The aqueduct itself is a fabulous structure and we could see it well off in the distance as we approached Llangollen.  This is likely due to the fact that it’s the biggest in Britain.  It stands at 126 feet and was built by Thomas Telford.  We took a gentle stroll along the bridge and I soon spotted a sign with ‘coffee shop 10 mins walk’ written on it.  That in itself was all the motivation I needed to keep moving.   The entire trip couldn’t have taken more than 15 minutes and it’s pretty much a completely flat surface (you know, with it being an aqueduct and all…)

Several barges passed us by as we made our way across and we, like everyone else, stopped in the middle of the bridge and created a bit of a traffic jam as we jostled to get the best photographs of the surrounding scenery.    There’s a floating sweet shop just across the aqueduct that seemed to be doing a fair trade with passing tourists in need of a sugar fix.   I’m usually included in this grouping, but I’ve got a wedding to attend shortly, so I’m going cold turkey.  Inside, I’m crying.

We found the Fron Tea Room as we reached the end of our walk and parked ourselves in their outdoor seating area and demanded they furnish us with tea and sandwiches.  It’s a peaceful setting and the deck at the rear of the tea room offers lovely views out across the canal.    After stuffing our chops, we reversed the journey and headed back towards the car park, wondering what we could get up to next.

Fron Tea Room
Fron Tea Room
Fron Tea Room, Llangollen
Come to mama...
As it turns out, we quickly spotted a sign for the Horseshoe Falls and made our way over to take a look.  It was only a short drive away and the falls were proving popular with families with kids who were paddling around and dogs that were chasing sticks and happily swimming around with their tongues flopping out.   

By the falls, there is a woodland path which leads up to St Asaph’s Church and graveyard and is in a beautiful setting.   As well as visiting the churchyard, you can also pop your head into the building itself.   In the main foyer area before the main door, there’s a little tree and batch of labels where you can write a memorial message for a loved one.

a beautiful spot for a leisurely walk 
Horseshoe Falls
the beautiful Horseshoe Falls 
Afterwards, we hit up the local spar and headed on over to Carrog Station Camp Site to spend a night under the stars….in the freezing cold.   It wasn’t all that bad, but I am glad that it was my last camping venture of the season.    LT also got to test out his new hobo stove, which made him happy.   

Llangollen, Carrog and surrounding areas are definitely worth a visit and I’m looking forward to having a chance to explore Cowen in the near future.   
Bridge over the River Dee at Llangollen
The River Dee at Llangollen
sunset at Carrog Station
One of the only good things about camping is being able to catch the sunset...

Have you visited Llangollen or the surrounding areas?  What are your favourite spots? 

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