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Quarry Circuit

Starting from Llidiart y Parc or Glyndyfrdwy, this circuit climbs through woodland to the open moorland then follows the route of the former quarry tramway along the hillside. You can complete the loop using the Dee Valley Way or the steam train to return to your starting point.

Distance: 10.4 km / 6.5 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (longer with some ascent)

Medieval Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr originated from this area. He had two homes locally, one at Llidiart y Parc and the other over the Berwyns at Sycharth, near Oswestry. He may have used a route linking both houses, descending through Carrog Plantation to Llidiart y Parc.

Look for the remains of Nant y Pandy Mill that harnessed the power of the fast flowing stream to drive saws that cut the blocks of slate from the hillside quarries into slabs for use in hospitals, breweries, buildings and for gravestones. The slate was taken via the tramway to the station at Glyndyfrdwy for transportation to customers in other parts of Britain and to southern ports for export.
Do not enter or disturb any abandoned mine buildings as they may be unstable. Please follow waymarked paths around buildings. It is up to the individual to take responsibility for their own health and safety; children should be supervised at all times. The structures are on land mapped as Open Country and not under the ownership or control of Denbighshire County Council.

Look Out For … The fast flowing rocky stream attracts Dippers, small perky brown birds with a white bib, often seen bobbing up and down on rocks or flying swiftly above the water. They are equally at home underwater, searching stream-beds for small insects and fish to eat. They are also strong swimmers..