Routes – Wales -Panorama Loop

Length – 7.3 Miles ( options to extend or shorten )
Grade – Medium ( One long but steady uphill climb)
Terrain – Forest trails ( muddy in winter ) / Tow paths / Country lanes
Stiles – None ( Two if you follow the paths down to the sun trevor & not the road )
Start / Finish – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct visitors center car parks.
Time – 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
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This is another of our favorite walks that begins at the visitors center for the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Trevor North Wales. Initially the walk offers a variety of highlights around the world heritage site before heading off along the offas dyke long distance footpath taking in the climb up through Trevor hall woods and onto the spectacular panorama walk with its exceptional views of the Dee valley, Llangollen and of course the ancient ( iron age & 13 century ) castell dinas bran ( known as crow castle locally ) which dominates the skyline. After enjoying the incredible views from high above the valley  you then find yourself  dropping back down towards the sun trevor inn ( great ambience and excellent food & drink ) before finally returning to the start point along the towpaths of the scenic Llangollen canal. The terrain is mixed with good footpaths throughout, the going is usually good underfoot with only the climb up through the woods susceptible to becoming muddy in the winter months, There are plenty of options for refreshments if required with food and drink available at the aqueduct visitor center and canal basin as well as the Sun Trevor inn ( approx half distance ) and the Telford inn at the start / finish point.

 

Beginning at the car parks for the world heritage site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct make your way into the canal basin towards the aqueduct and visitors center ( well worth a visit if time permits ) Head towards the aqueduct and then to the left of the hand mural you will see a footpath that tracks down some steps, follow this path down and the after a few yards take the right spur underneath the aqueduct arches ( good photo opportunity ) and back up to the minor road. From here take a right along the road and over the canal bridge before taking the left to join the towpath for the Llangollen section of the canal, follow the towpath for a short distance before arriving at a footbridge which on this occasion you should not cross but rather continue along the footpath directly ahead towards a swing gate leading into a field. We usually stick to the edge of this field as horses ( friendly ) are usually present, however the footpath being a part of the offas dyke long distance footpath technically runs directly across the center of the field and leads to another gate and small path through a short tunnel under the long extinct Ruabon to Barmouth railway line, from here take the path to the right ( on exiting the tunnel ) and follow it until it terminates in some steps and the base of the busy A539 Llangollen road ( caution required especially if you have dogs with you ).

 

After crossing the busy A539 turn right and follow the main road footpath for a short distance until you arrive at a junction 0n your right signposted as Trevor Hall road and also an offas dyke footpath fingerpost, you should take and continue to follow the lane up towards the entrance to Trevor hall. From here take the signposted left turn along the track towards the private Trevor hall and then shortly after take the gate on the right and enter the woods, this again is part of the offas dyke long distance footpath and is well fingerposted. The path climbs steadily up through the woods and eventually breaks the trees at a T junction with a small field in front of you, here you should bear left and continue the gradual climb into Trevor hall wood ( Note that the field has horses and the fence is mildly electrified ) continue to follow the path into the woods enjoying the quiet ambience it provides. As you continue to follow the main path you will notice several right hand spurs along the way and while they will all eventually bring you to the panorama they are much steeper than the route we prefer ( this route ) and unless you wish to test your fitness should be avoided. As the main path slowly begins to descend you will arrive at a Y junction in the path, here you need to take the right spur and begin the fairly easy gradient ascent up through the last of the woods and after passing through several gates onto a dirt track which will take you up and onto the road which is known as the panorama walk. A short stop to catch your breath and take in the extensive views is highly recommended at this point.

 

Upon arriving at the road turn left and follow this incredible little road along the precipice that is the panorama walk taking in all the beautiful views it has to offer, Below you lies the Dee valley and the town of Llangollen, To your left are the hills above Froncysyllte and the high ridge leading to Vivod mountain ( another walk on this website ) and behind them the Berwyn mountains begin to rear up in the distance. Directly in front of you is the iron age hill fort / 13c castle ruin locally known as crow castle ( but is officially called Castell Dinas Bran ) and the Eglwyseg mountain cliff edges and valley with the beautiful Llantysilio mountains in the distance behind. For those with loftier ambitions there are countless routes to be found along the panorama that with some exertion see you ascend to the heady heights above the road onto the paths above the cliffs, the views from up high are spectacular and well worth the extra effort but today we will remain on the road and save the heights for another time.

 

With guidance from the route map provided below you will eventually notice a sharp left turning off the main panorama road which descends back down to the valley terminating at the Sun Trevor inn which being at a tad over half distance for this walk is the perfect spot to rest and enjoy the excellent food and drink the inn has to offer. Once suitably rested and refreshed you should again cross the A539 this time go straight across and over the canal bridge in front of you to join the towpath back to the Trevor basin and the car parks at the start of this walk. The walk along this section of the Llangollen canal is especially pretty with an abundance of wildlife and flora to enjoy enroute, Once arriving back at the basin in Trevor cross directly over and through the gates in front of you which opens up into the gift shop area of the aqueduct visitors area where you can find plenty of food and drink if required and also the Thomas Telford inn, from here it is a quick crossing of the footbridge to rejoin the path back to your start. 

 

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More information –
Aqueduct visitors Center
Llangollen Tourist office