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The village of Maeshafn, with a population of about 130, lies on the side of Moel Findeg, a small mountain. Direct action by the local villagers has brought to an end a 30 year battle to prevent the mountain being used for quarrying. They raised the funds to purchase it and have now turned it into a Local Nature Reserve (LNR), which is enjoyed by all.

Attractions within easy reach include Llangollen with its horse drawn canal barge trips, steam locomotive and International Music Eisteddfod, Conwy, Harlech and Caernarfon Castles, Portmeirion, the Italianate village featured in 'The Prisoner', the Great Orme at Llandudno, the slate caverns, Snowdonia National Park, and the Roman City of Chester.

Close by are Loggerheads and Moel Famau, Country Parks, Offa's Dyke footpath, golf courses and many walking and cycling routes.

Manchester and Liverpool (the Albert Dock, Museums, Art Galleries, and The Beatles Story) are all easily accessible.



Moel Famau Country Park

Moel Famau Country Park covers over 1,800 acres of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much of the high ground is heather moorland, with coniferous forest to the south-east. To the west lies the fertile Vale of Clwyd. Here the lower slopes are a richer green, blending into the patchwork of small fields, edged with trees. Ideal for Walking, Cycling, Horseriding or just relaxing.

www.visitclwydianrange.co.uk



Offa's Dyke National trail

The journey of the Offa’s Dyke Path through the borderlands of England and Wales truly offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll for an hour or two, or wish to undertake the whole Trail over a couple of weeks or more, a memorable walk amid spectacular countryside is guaranteed.

www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path


Llandegla Mountain Bike Trails

With more than 40km’s of carefully graded and way marked trails, there is something for everyone. Whether you're a complete beginner, looking to spend quality time with your family, or a seasoned pro seeking your next adrenalin fix, Coed Llandegla has it covered.

www.oneplanetadventure.com


Towns

Llangollen: Renowned for the surrounding hills and the River Dee, Llangollen has something for every visitor. We have an astonishing range of cafés, bars, hotels, restaurants, guest houses, B&Bs, cottages and campsites to suit every pocket. This small town also has a wealth of independent shops to browse and interesting places to visit. You can take a stroll along the Victoria Promenade to the Riverside Park for a picnic or watch the river tumble down beneath the bridgeRenowned for the surrounding hills and the River Dee, Llangollen has something for every visitor. We have an astonishing range of cafés, bars, hotels, restaurants, guest houses, B&Bs, cottages and campsites to suit every pocket.

www.llangollen.org.uk

Chester: Chester has been welcoming visitors for over 2000 years. Here you can enjoy great treasures from the past to the present. The City Walls, Chester Zoo, and the nearby Blue Planet Aquarium

www.visitchester.com

Liverpool: Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008. A proud sporting city that houses Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, as well as the Grand National at Aintree. The city offers a vibrant nightlife, which includes some of the best and most lively bars, pubs and clubs in the country. The city is home to writers, poets, artists, designers and architects - who draw inspiration from the amazing culture and diversity of the city.

www.visitliverpool.com

Manchester: Manchester is one of Britain's largest metropolitan conurbations, with 2.6 million people living within the central boundaries and over 7 million in Manchester's surrounding areas. As you would expect of Britain's second city, Manchester is the throbbing urban centre of the North West boasting a number of leading business organisation, leading retailers and entertainment venues.

www.visitmanchester.com

Holywell: Holywell, which takes it name from the town's major feature - the world famous St Winefride's Holy Well and one of the Seven Wonders of Wales - has much to offer the visitor. Set amid rolling countryside overlooking the River Dee, the centre of this traditional Welsh market town has changed little since Victorian days as its rich variety of fine buildings will testify.

www.holywell-town.gov.uk


Castles

Rhuddlan Castle: Rhuddlan may not be as well known as some of the north Wales castles, yet it shares much in common with its illustrious neighbours. Like Caernarfon and Conway, it was built as one of the 'iron ring' of fortresses by the English monarch, Edward I, in his late 13th-century campaigns against the Welsh. Rhuddlan's massive twin-towered gatehouse (heralding the inner core of characteristic concentric 'walls within walls' system of defence) immediately catches the eye.

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Harlech Castle: Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all-seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia. The English monarch Edward I built Harlech in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role. It was one of the most formidable of his 'iron ring' of fortresses designed to contain the Welsh in their mountain fastness. Ironically, in 1404 it was taken by Welsh leader Owain Glyn Dwr who proceeded to hold a parliament there.

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Criccieth Castle: Criccieth Castle, standing its headland between two beaches, is a prominent north Wales landmark. It is also a landmark historic site, one of those rare castles with a foot firmly in both camps and a true testament to the varying fortunes of war. Criccieth's history is deeply entwined in the medieval conflict between Wales and England. Originally a stronghold of the native Welsh princes, Criccieth was later annexed and added to by the English monarch, Edward I.

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Denbigh Castle: The striking ruins of Denbigh Castle, crowning a steep hill above the town, enjoy commanding views of the pastoral Vale of Clwyd and the round-backed hills of the Clwydian Range. Denbigh, built as part of Edward 1's 13th-century campaigns against the Welsh, was constructed by Henry de Lacy, one of the King's chief commanders.

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Beaumaris Castle: Beaumaris is a great unfinished masterpiece. It was built as one of the 'iron ring' of North Wale's castles by the English monarch, Edward I, to stamp his authority on the Welsh. But it was never finished. Money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height. Beaumaris is nonetheless an awesome sight, regarded by many as the finest of all great Edwardian castles in Wales.

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Caernarfon Castle: Mighty Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales's many castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest and, to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intentions of its builder, Edward I.

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Conway Castle: This gritty, dark-stoned fortress has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The first time that visitors catch sight of the castle commanding a rock above the Conway Estuary and demanding as much attention as the dramatic Snowdonia skyline behind it, they know they are in the presence of a historic site which still casts a powerful spell.

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk



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