Released: February 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Judy Smith
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Written by Judy Smith, Walks for all Ages North East Wales features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £4.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in North East Wales is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the area.
Walk 01. Dyserth Waterfall and Graig Fawr
Walk 02. Above the Tide at Talacre
Walk 03. Monks and Mills at Holywell
Walk 04. St Asaph and the River Elwy
Walk 05. The Great and the Good in Denbigh
Walk 06. Feeling on top of the world on Moel Famau
Walk 07. Wandering through Wepre
Walk 08. Nercwys Forest and a Limestone Pavement
Walk 09. Along the Leete at Loggerheads
Walk 10. Beside the Clywedog with Lady Bagot
Walk 11. A Waterside Walk at Llyn Brenig
Walk 12. Nant Mill and the Lead Mines
Walk 13. Skirmishes and Strawberries at Holt
Walk 14. Hill and Vale around Corwen
Walk 15. Valle Crucis Abbey and the Holy Grail
Walk 16. Castell Dinas Bran and the Eglwyseg Rocks at Llangollen
Walk 17. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal
Walk 18. Exploring Erddig
Walk 19. Chirk Castle and the Ceiriog Valley
Walk 20. Around Pistyll Rhaeadr
This north-east corner of Wales is a wonderful area for walking. The verdant Dee Valley, the rolling slopes of the Clwydians, the wide shores of the north and the Dee estuary, and the lonely waters of Llyn Brenig set deep in pinewoods, all with the wild Berwyns and distant Snowdonia for backdrop, make it a rambler’s paradise. And walkers from far and wide flock here all year round. Needless to say, route information is abundant, and the shelves of Tourist Offices are groaning with the weight of walking books. So what makes this one different?
Well, maybe you are not a habitual walker. Although you enjoy a walk, perhaps pressure of work or the commitments of a young family mean you have little spare time to get out and about. And you don’t have walking boots, or the oft-quoted ‘Gore-tex and gaiters’. Whether you live in the area and want to explore more of it or are visiting on holiday, this book is for you. The walks here are simple and short, none of them longer than six miles. They don’t venture into wild countryside, and for the most part can be managed quite comfortably in trainers. Both the instructions and the map for each route are very clear, so no great expertise in map-reading is needed. And almost all the walks either start from or visit a local beauty spot or feature of interest. Castles, waterfalls, abbeys, heritage sites, a beach, a mountain, a stately home and more are here – you could even think of this book as a mini-guide to the area. But having said all that, the real raison d’être is to offer excursions that are suitable for all the family, and for that reason every walk gives special consideration to the children. If the children are happy, then Mum and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and everyone else is too.
Children have boundless energy and most six- or seven-year-olds can easily outwalk their parents if they feel so inclined. The problem is to keep them interested. To that end, a walk should have a reason, and the walks in this book have all been designed to have some element of excitement and purpose about them. Climbing above a waterfall, visiting a castle, exploring a lead mine, finding bullet holes from the Civil War, conquering a mountain (photograph obligatory!) and the like have obvious child-appeal. And should that not be enough, an extra ‘Challenge’, a sort of ‘I-Spy’ game, has been included with each walk. Usually there are just five or six things to spot on the way round, and, of course, all the family can join in this one. It’s up to the adults to make sure there’s a reward on hand for success!
All the specific information you need for each walk is set out at its beginning – and to add to the day’s enjoyment, suggestions for picnic stops, ice cream shops en route and pubs and cafés where children are welcomed are included. So off you go – explore this lovely corner of Wales as a family. Good luck on your journey!