Clwydian Mountain Range and the Dee Valley are a natural fascination, with a diverse landscape, from heather moorland, limestone cliffs, deep valleys to wetlands. There is also a range of historical fascinations, an abundance of wildlife and stunning plant life, all waiting to be enjoyed. Exploring all of what is on offer may take years, but while you’re in the area, a day or two discovering the incredible 389 square kilometres of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in North Wales is a must!
The building of Chirk Castle began in 1295; it was one of several medieval fortresses that were installed to keep the English rule over the Welsh. The structure is now maintained by the National Trust and is open to the public to explore around the 480 acres of parkland, 5.5 acres of gardens, as well as inside the castle walls. The grounds have a variety of ancient trees, wildlife and stunning plants, which can all be enjoyed by visitors. During a tour inside the castle, you are invited to admire the fascinating collection of furniture and art, along with other interesting and unusual collections. You will gain an insight into life during medieval times, as you wander around the Adam Tower, dungeons, toilets and other areas of the castle.
Within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) site the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Built between 1795 and 1808, the structure and the building methods used were innovative, unique and ground breaking for the time. The concepts and technology changed engineering all over England and across the world.
Valle Crucis Abbey
Valle Crucis Abbey is one of the finest examples and best conserved abbeys in Wales. The building of the abbey began in 1201, with monks residing in the structure and living off the surrounding land until 1537. The site is thought to be tranquil, as you are surrounded by rolling Welsh hills and stunning countryside.
Escarpment means a steep, imposing piece of land that separates surrounding lands that are of different levels of elevation. Most escarpments seem to appear and dramatically jolt from the earth, providing an impressive sight. There are many walking trials around the escarpment and neighbouring Eglwyseg Mountain and Valley that all benefit from incredible views. Most footpaths in the area are not maintained, so be sure to wear a good, sturdy pair of walking boots and bring along plenty of supplies.
If you’ve worn in your walking boots more than you expected on your holiday to North Wales, take the weight off your feet, jump in your car and head along the Horseshoe Pass. The scenery is spectacular, regardless of the weather! With windy roads and free range sheep, it is important for the driver to keep their attention on the task in hand while the passenger enjoys the incredible landscape surrounding. The pass offers panoramic views and a path through the mountains and valleys. Once you’ve reached the top, there is a small café, serving hot drinks and light meals to passers-by.
Offa Dyke National Trail
The Offa Dyke National Trail takes you along the border of England and Wales. The 177-mile track goes all the way from Prestatyn to Chepstow, winding through some of Wales’ most stunning landscapes. Completing the entirety of the route isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of circular or shorter routes to take which offer equally as impressive sights.
What part of the Clwydian Mountain Range and the Dee Valley will you explore during your visit to the area? After you have viewed some of our Wales caravans for sale, the area must be explored too! We would love to hear about your discoveries via our social media channels!
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