May 26, 2024

The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB countryside rangers are continuing their series of guided walks in the Dee Valley, exploring some of the lesser-known trails this stunning area has to offer.

The Dee Valley is an iconic area of truly outstanding scenic and visual quality, featuring a diverse landscape of heather moorland, limestone crags, ancient woodlands and windswept hilltops, all cut by the sweeping River Dee.

It is also an area rich in cultural and industrial heritage, and is home to ancient monuments including Castell Dinas Brân, Caer Drewyn hillfort, and Valle Crucis Abbey. Much of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site also lies within this area. The scenic landscapes, dramatic summits and historic towns and villages have inspired folklore, literature, painting and music over many centuries.

The AONB Rangers are leading regular Dee Valley guided walks, showcasing the work they are doing to protect and conserve the area, and helping people to discover the landscape and heritage which makes it so special, all while enjoying the benefits of being outdoors.

At the beginning of this month a new leafleted trail ‘From Arch to Arch’ launched, following the picturesque River Dee between Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Cefn Viaduct and taking in outstanding views of the World Heritage Site and Tŷ Mawr Country Park.

The next guided walk and tour will be Caer Drewyn Hillfort in Corwen, on 26th March. The guided walks are free to attend and open to all, if you would like to join the rangers for one of these walks, or if you want to hear about future walks, please email [email protected].

Councillor Win Mullen-James, Denbighshire Cabinet Lead Member for Local Development and Planning, said: “Getting outdoors is so important for boosting physical and mental health and I would encourage anyone to join these fantastic guided walks by the rangers to learn about the management and history of Loggerheads while enjoying the benefits being outdoors can bring to your own well-being.”