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Carrog to Glyndyfrdwy

From the stone bridge at Carrog, the path climbs through fields and woods before descending to the village of Glyndyfrdwy. Distance: 6.5 km/4 miles Difficulty: Difficult (longer with some hills)

Distance: 6.5 km/4 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (longer with some hills)

Carrog is an attractive village clustered around a 17th-century stone bridge whose arches span the Dee. The name Carrog means ‘fast flowing stream’, and an early church here was swept away by floods in the 1600s, though later rebuilt on higher ground. Just across the river is Carrog station – on the restored Llangollen Steam Railway – from where trains run from April to October.

Carrog has close links with Owain Glyndwr – the Welsh hero. The site of his fortified manor house sits across the river at Llidiart - y - Parc. Here, too, beside the busy A5, stand the remains of an earthen castle mound traditionally known as Owain Glyndwr’s Mount. Less well known is the fact that Carrog village was originally called Llansantffraid Glyndyfrdwy – and it’s from this that Owain Glyndwr took his name..

Look Out For … The unpolluted waters of this section of the river Dee are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and support healthy populations of salmon, brown trout and grayling. The fish, in turn, attract elusive, largely nocturnal otters. Another river resident is the endangered water vole – better known, perhaps, as ‘Ratty’ from the classic The Wind in the Willows..