An Area Rich in Natural Beauty
Set in the Dee Valley, on the River Dee itself and at the edge of the Clwydian Range, it’s easy to see why many visitors to Llangollen fall in love with the town. It is certainly what we would call a ‘natural beauty’ and is filled with history, legend and of course, its own ‘romance’.
And at this time of year as Valentine’s Day approaches, romance is something that many are seeking in their own way. And what could be better than finding love whilst in this beautiful part of the world?
So we have decided to list our ‘Most Romantic Places in Llangollen’.
Designed by Thomas Telford, Horseshoe Falls is a distinctive-shaped weir where water is drawn into the canal from the River Dee and was construction was completed in 1808.
At a little less than 2 miles walk along the canal towpath from Llangollen, a visit to Horseshoe Falls can be a great way to spend some quality time together as you stroll hand in hand with the delightful sounds of nature to accompany you.
With the hills of the Dee Valley as a backdrop, the Falls themselves are a wonderful sight and the nearby foliage provides a home for many waterbirds.
A small walk up the hill from the Falls is St. Tysilio’s Church – a grade II listed medieval parish church.
Castell Dinas Brân
Visible from many spots around Llangollen – and certainly on approach to the town, the ascent to the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran can be quite a climb. But there is no denying that once at the top, visitors reap the rewards of their efforts with stunning views across Llangollen and the Dee Valley.
Likely built in the 1260’s by Gruffydd Maelor II, a prince of Powys Fadog the castle was built upon the site of an earlier Iron Age hillfort and was reportedly burned down and abandoned in only 1277. From then on, the castle has stood as a picturesque ruin.
With clearer Winter weather, this wonderful viewpoint across the region can certainly offer its own ‘romance’ and could be the perfect spot for lovers to experience time together away from the hustle and bustle.
Put on some sturdy walking shoes, take a picnic and enjoy the moment together.
The Llangollen Railway is the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales and operates between Llangollen and Corwen.
Romantic trips can be taken from Llangollen Station which is located alongside the River Dee and harks back to yesteryear and the steam-era. The line remains close to the waters of the river for most of its length as it winds through the scenic backdrop of the Llangollen hills and countryside.
The railway is in fact closed until 17th February but you can check their timetable at https://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/
Once dubbed “one of the Seven Wonders of Wales”, this 16th century bridge is a top spot from which to see some of the raging rapids of the River Dee as you enter the town. It features V-shaped stonework to divert the river around the bridge piers – and these provide extensions of the pavement from which you can view the arches. Keep an eye out for the various wildlife who frequent the river near here – otters have even been spotted!
At an elevation of 1368ft, Horseshoe Pass is a mountain pass which separates Llantysilio Mountain to the west and Cyrn-y-Brain to the east. The A542 road runs through the pass in a horseshoe shape (giving the pass its name).
Of course, there are plenty of fantastic views across the Clwydian Range and there are many walks and routes in the immediate area.
And not forgetting…
Tyn Dwr Hall
Of course, Tyn Dwr Hall must be listed as one of Llangollen’s most romantic places as it is where numerous real-life love stories have begun.
Built in 1866 on the outskirts of the town, the Hall started life as a family home for iron-master, John Dicken but nowadays it is an enchanting, luxury wedding venue set in stunning grounds.
Visit https://tyndwrhall.co.uk/ to find out more.