Parc Grove is ideal for green tourism as there are so many leisure activities available within easy reach throughout the year. Walks suitable for all abilities begin from the house or by taking a short car, bus or steam train journey. Make a choice from mountain and moorland, woodland and forest, stream and riverside, industrial and historical heritage, gentle or strenuous.  Have a watery day … picnic by the River Dee or Llyn Tegid, visit the magnificent Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall or stroll along Llangollen canal starting at Horseshoe Falls.

Wild Country Walking

To the south of the River Dee, the 15 mile North Berwyn Way winds its way across the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB ... and the Quarry Circuit section can be joined at Parc Grove before it goes up Nant Fridd Isel valley. The Berwyns are the home of curlews, red kites, peregrines, merlins and kingfishers.

The Llangollen Round, a 33 mile high level circular route around the Vale of Llangollen, also passes Parc Grove. There are views to Snowdonia and mid Wales as you traverse the diverse upland terrain.  On a clear day you can see the north Wales coast.  It also takes in the World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The Dee Valley Way runs for 15 miles along the north side of the River Dee, calling at Carrog on its way from Corwen to Llangollen.

To the north of the Dee Valley, the 122 mile circular Clwydian Way also passes through Carrog as it criss crosses the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB on its journey from the coast around the county of Denbighshire … with views to Snowdonia, the Isle of Man and the Lake District from Moel Famau.  At the southern end of the Clwydian Range, there are varied walking and cycling routes in Llandegla Forest.

The Panorama extends 6 miles from World's End and Eglwyseg Mountain to Trevor.  The distinctive limestone outcrops offer many walks, including part of the Offa’s Dyke Long Distance Footpath.  Not only are there extensive views of the Vale of Llangollen and the Shropshire plains, but you can hunt for marine fossils in the scree slopes or investigate lime kilns and ancient cairns.  

The Brenig Way is a 32 mile walk that starts in Corwen and finishes at Llyn Brenig, an area rich with archaeological remains.

For a contrast the Hiraethog Trail (with walking and cycling routes) passes through moorland and forest (Clocaenog Forest) as it joins together villages in west Denbighshire.

Waterside Walking

Nant Fridd Isel passes close to Parc Grove as it makes its way from the Berwyns down to the River Dee.  Come and pick some wild raspberries in the summer or blackberries in the autumn.

River Dee © Copyright Graham Taylor and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A few minutes’ walk away is the River Dee at Carrog which makes a lovely place to have a picnic and it is just across the bridge from The Grouse Inn. If you want to combine riverside walking with browsing small independent shops, why not travel by steam train alongside the River Dee to Llangollen, where the bridge is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. Stroll over the bridge and along to the Riverside Park with its putting green.

Another of the Seven Wonders of Wales is Pistyll Rhaeadr, which cascades down 240 feet through a natural arch.  Dark and mysterious in winter, cool and refreshing in summer … walk to the top of the falls and be rewarded with views of the Tanat Valley … continue your walk onto the Berwyn Mountains.

The World Heritage Site on the Llangollen Canal includes the spectacular Pontcysyllte aqueduct … have you got a head for heights to walk across it? And have you got the nerve to walk through the Darkie Tunnel at Chirk further along the canal? The canal path starts at the graceful Horseshoe Falls on the River Dee (a lovely picnic place) and continues out of Wales into Shropshire … there is good road access along the canal (also pubs for a break), so you can make your walk as long or short as you like.

The full walk around Llyn Brenig high on the Denbigh moors is over 14 miles … this an ideal destination for a group with mixed interests (walking, Mountain Bike Trail, archaeological remains, fishing, wild plants, birds and animals).

At the head of the Dee Valley south-west from Llidart-y-Parc there are pleasant walks around Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) the largest natural lake in Wales … with the option of a steam train ride as well. It is also the unique natural habitat of the gwyniad, a type of whitefish. Nearby Llyn Celyn offers wilder walking and in a very dry summer it is possible to see the remains of the village that was flooded to create the reservoir.

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