Wales – Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, North Wales
Distance: 12km/7½ miles
Type: Pub, valley and moorland
Where: Circular walk from Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, near Wrexham.
Start/End: The Hand Inn (SJ157328).
Terrain: Waymarked minor roads and paths, short un-pathed moorland sections, several stiles and two long, steady climbs. Could be marshy in parts.
Maps: OS Explorer 255; Landranger 125.
Tiny Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog huddles close to the head of one of the northern Welsh Marches’ glorious hidden valleys. The Afon Ceiriog springs from the nearby scarp of the lofty Berwyn Mountains, flowing through what former Prime Minister David Lloyd George called, “a little piece of heaven on earth”. The heavilybeamed Hand Inn is one of two pubs at the village centre. It’s dedicated to supporting local producers: beers from Stonehouse Brewery in Oswestry accompany the finest Ceiriog lamb or trout. It makes a perfect finish to the undulating, invigorating walk to the fringing moors, rewarded by memorable views to the Berwyns, which the Celts believed to be the faerie kingdom of Annwn, the gateway to the otherworld. The West Arms is well worth a visit too, with its welcoming Wayfarers Bar featuring an ages-old snug lounge with quirky furniture and a vast open fire.
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