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Llangollen Canal Walking Holiday

Walking Holiday in the UK


Price From: £430 for 5 nights
Nights: 5, 6 or 8
Difficulty: Easy or Moderate

Holiday Details

Highlights

  • Market towns of Nantwich, Whitchurch, Ellesmere and Llangollen
  • Chirk Castle
  • Pontcysyllte and Chirk aqueducts
  • Colemere Country Park

Description

A walking holiday following the beautiful Llangollen canal from Nantwich through the market towns of Whitchurch and Ellesmere to Llangollen. The canal is a major feat of engineering, starting on the rolling Cheshire Plain, crossing the Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueducts and as you reach the welsh hills, following the Dee valley through Llangollen to its source at the Horseshoe Falls.

Llangollen is a pretty market town, with a canal wharf, Plas Newydd - the home of the ladies of Llangollen and plenty of independent shops. There's plenty of boat traffic to watch along the canal and lots of wildlife.

We offer 2 moderate options for the walk and also a more gentle option with distances of less than 10 miles a day - see itineraries below. Total distance 53 miles

Itinerary for Llangollen Canal Walking Holiday

Moderate 5 night option

First Day - Arrive at accommodation on outskirts of Nantwich - lunchtime/early afternoon. Walk into Nantwich along canal. Explore lovely Tudor market town. Accommodation in farmhouse close to the canal. 3 - 4 miles

Day 2 - We meet you to collect your luggage and run through the arrangements. Walk past the busy Hurleston junction and through quiet countryside to the pretty village of Wrenbury. From here onto Marbury, past Grindley Brook locks and then detour into Whitchurch for the night. 16 Miles

Day 3 - From Whitchurch, on to Whixhall, passing the Whixhall Meres and Mosses site of special scientific interest. Continue past Colemere Country Park, with its pretty lake and then on to the small market town of Ellesmere. 14 miles.

Day 4 - First part of the day the canal passes through quiet countryside and then on to Chirk, past Chirk Castle and on to Froncysyllte. 14 miles

Day 5 - Walk over Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, through busy canal basin at Trevor and up River Dee valley to Llangollen. Continue on to Horseshoe Falls - start of canal,back to Llangollen - 10 miles.

Day 6 - Leave for home - option to spend an extra night if you would like to explore Llangollen

Moderate 6 night option

First Day - Arrive at accommodation on outskirts of Nantwich lunchtime/early afternoon. Walk into Nantwich along the canal. Explore lovely Tudor market town. Accommodation farmhouse close to the canal. 3 - 4 miles

Day 2 - We meet you to collect your luggage and run through arrangements. Walk past the busy Hurleston junction and through quiet countryside to pretty village of Wrenbury. From here onto Marbury where you leave the canal. Accommodation at B & B in Whitchurch - taxi collects you from the path and drop you back next day. 11 miles

Day 3 - From Marbury canal continues to edge of Whitchurch, past Grindley Brook locks. Stop at the Lock Gate Cafe. From here on to Whixhall, passing the Whixhall Meres and Mosses site of special scientific interest - can detour. Collected from the canal and stay in Ellesmere. 13 miles

Day 4 - Drop back to canal. A short walk today passing Colemere Country Park, with its pretty lake and on to small market town of Ellesmere - for a 2nd night here. Time to explore Ellesmere, walk or boat around the lake and visit the heron watch. 6.5 miles.

Day 5 - First part of the day the canal passes through quiet countryside and then on to Chirk and Chirk Castle. If making good time the castle is worth a visit. 11 - 12 miles

Day 6 - Walk over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, through busy canal basin at Trevor and up the Dee valley to Llangollen. Explore pretty market town and continue on to Horseshoe Falls - the start of the canal, then back to Llangollen and spend night here before returning home next day. 12 miles

Day 7 - Option to spend an extra night in Llangollen and return the next day.

Gentle 8 nights

First Day - Arrive at accommodation on outskirts of Nantwich lunchtime/early afternoon. Walk into Nantwich along canal. Explore lovely Tudor market town. Accommodation farm B & B close to canal. 3 - 4 miles

Day 2 - We meet you to collect your luggage and run through arrangements. Walk past the busy Hurleston junction and through quiet countryside to pretty village of Wrenbury. Collected from the canal by taxi and stay in Whitchurch. 8 miles

Day 3 - From Marbury the canal continues towards Whitchurch, past Grindley Brook locks. Stop at the Lock Gate Cafe. Detour into Whitchurch to spend 2nd night there - 8.5 miles.

Day 4 - Walk to Dobson's Bridge and collected from the canal by taxi - stay in Wem. Option to upgrade to Country Hotel. 7.5 miles

Day 5 - Taxi from Wem back to canal and walk to small market town of Ellesmere, passing Colemere Country Park, with its pretty lake. Time to explore Ellesmere, walk or boat around the lake and visit the heron watch. 8 miles.

Day 6 - Walk through quiet countryside to Hindford, colllect from the path and return to stay the night in Ellesmere. 7 - 8 miles

Day 7 - Walk on to Chirk with chance to visit Chirk Castle. Stay at B & B in Chirk 5 miles or walk on stay near the Pontysyllte aqueduct. 7 miles.

Day 8 - Walk over Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, through busy canal basin at Trevor and up Dee valley to Llangollen. Explore this pretty market town. From Chirk 8 miles, 6 miles.

Day 9 - Can either leave from Llangollen or continue on to the Horseshoe Falls - the start of the canal, where we meet you and take you to the station or back to your car in Nantwich.

This holiday can also be combined with the Offas Dyke - Clwydian Hills Break

Accommodation

Mixture of farms and quiet B & Bs close to the canal

Pricing

Prices shown are per person

Number of Nights B&Bs/Farm
5 £430
6 £500
8 £610
Single supp/night £10 -20

Discounts & Offers

Group Discounts - 10% discount for groups of 4 or more adults

What's included?

This walking holiday includes -

  • Overnight B & B accommodation
  • Detailed routes, maps, background information
  • Luggage transfer & emergency back-up
  • Car parking or transfer to and from nearest station

Nearest stations - Crewe and Gobowen

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