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Ffynnon Las to Llangollen

From Ffynnon-Las the path follows a clear tree-lined track, descending steadily through hedged fields, into the riverside town of Llangollen.

Distance: 2.4 km / 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (short but steady descent)

Until Thomas Telford built the A5 to Holyhead through Llangollen in 1815, Llangollen was a relatively small village. The new road brought trade and wealth to Llangollen which rapidly grew to be a thriving Victorian town, drawing visitors to enjoy its picturesque riverside setting with its mountain backdrop. The focal point of the town is the 14th century bridge, celebrated in the famous rhyme as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.

From 1790 to 1831 two upper class Irish ladies, Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, made their home at Plas Newydd, Llangollen. Known as the Ladies of Llangollen, their friendship fascinated and scandalised Regency society. They were visited by many literary and powerful figures, including Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron and the Duke of Wellington.

Look Out For … This landscape of sunken lanes and small fields, edged by hedgerows has been largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Wildflowers abound along the tree-lined track. Look for Celandines in early spring, followed by clumps of white stitchworts, with tall Foxgloves and clambering Honeysuckle later in the summer..