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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

North East Wales Heritage Trail

7 days
from
£945
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 8+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W06WA
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Group size:
1–6
Min age:
8

The Clwydian and Berwyn ranges are two of the best known hill ranges in North East Wales, yet you'll feel like you have them all to yourself. Their rolling hills, heather-clad moors and limestone outcrops are iconic of the region.

As you hike these hills you'll discover a region rich in history. The presence of numerous hill forts, castles, old quarries and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal demonstrates the region's importance throughout the Iron, Bronze and Industrial Ages.

Starting from Ruthin you'll stay in Boutique guesthouses, all offering a warm Welsh welcome along with a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day.

Highlights

  • Medieval towns, hill forts and castles
  • Rolling hills, heather-clad moors and limestone outcrops
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal

Key information

  • 6 nights in 4* hotel accommodation
  • 2 days hotel to hotel walking plus walks on days 2, 4 and 6; averaging 4 hours per day
  • Walking transfers included
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Walking transfers as described in the itineray
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route directions and maps provided

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 218.0km/11.5miles
Day 312.0km/7.5miles
Day 420.0km/12.5miles
Day 512.0km/7.5miles
Day 611.0km/7.0miles

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

On this trip in North Wales, the accommodation we use provides vital jobs to locals and uses locally sourced ingredients where possible to minimise the carbon footprint. Also the Manorhaus hotels in Ruthin and Llangollen keep single use plastics to a minimum in their hotels, plus all toiletries within the rooms are handmade locally from natural ingredients and provided in refillable containers. The West Arms pride themselves on working with very local food producers, so the meals in their excellent restaurant have a very low carbon footprint and are often organic.

Our local agent works with a carbon offset project (Forest Carbon) to create new native woodland within the UK, so all of their trips have some form of carbon offset (whilst recognising it's not a solution, they believe it's a positive step while they work on carbon reduction).

Itinerary

Ruthin
to
Llanarmon DC
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Ruthin

    Arrive in the historic town of Ruthin, surrounded by hills.
    Stay overnight at Manorhaus, Ruthin (Breakfast included)

  • Day 2

    At Ruthin

    From Ruthin enjoy a circular walk in the Clwydian range. Head out to the Iron Age site of Foel Fenlli, on to the Jubilee Tower atop Moel Famau and to Gellifor from where you return along the riverside.
    Stay overnight at Manorhaus, Ruthin (Breakfast included)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Ruthin (Horseshoe Pass) to Llangollen

    In the morning explore the medieval town of Ruthin, including its Pentonville-style gaol and the oldest timbered house in Wales, Nantclwyd Y Dre, restored to share the 7 ages of this 15th Century house and home to the award-winning Lord's Gardens. A transfer (included) will then take you to the top of the scenic Horseshoe Pass. You'll descend down through the valley towards the riverside town of Llangollen and pass through lush green fields, scree slopes and limestone escarpments along the way.
    Stay overnight at Manorhaus, Llangollen (Breakfast included)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    At Llangollen

    Enjoy a circular walk to Horseshoe Falls and the start of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal World Heritage Site. Head up to the 13th century Castell Dinas Bran and out along the limestone escarpment to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, returning along the Llangollen Canal.
    Stay overnight at Manorhaus, Llangollen (Breakfast included)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Llangollen (Glyndyfrdwy) to Llanarmon DC

    Take the steam train from Llangollen to Glyndyfrdwy (included Apr-Oct). Here you'll begin your first hike in the quiet, soft rolling hills of the Berwyns. Hike through sheep-strewn grassland and rolling moorland clad with dense heather. These moors are synonymous with the Berwyns and the purple haze of flowering heather in late summer creates a real spectacle in the evening sunshine. Your next overnight stop is at Llanarmon DC.
    Stay overnight at West Arms (Breakfast and evening meal included)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    At Llanarmon DC

    Located in the heart of the Berwyns, your guesthouse is perfectly positioned for one of many circular walks today. Heading south from the village, a moderate 11km route will take you up and over Cefn Hir-fynydd hill standing at 464m.
    Stay overnight at West Arms (Breakfast and evening meal included)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Depart after breakfast

    Depart after breakfast

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

Full English/Welsh Breakfasts are included throughout as well as the evening meals on days 5 and 6 in Llanarmon DC.

Try out traditional local country pubs for lunch or enjoy a picnic in the countryside. Please note, if you order a picnic from the hotel, please do so the evening before.

Weather

Summers in North Wales tend to be slightly cooler than you might expect and winters can be milder, especially on the coast, while higher, upland areas have more chance of harsher (and colder) weather conditions. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, although temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as rain / showers can occur at any time of year.

Is this trip for you?

The walks on this holiday highlight the very best of the Clwydian and Berwyn hill ranges with walking across heather-clad moors and over rolling hills. There is nothing overly strenuous but some of the longer routes can take up to 5 hours to complete.

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

W06WA: Hotels

The hotels on this trip are traditional Welsh townhouses or farmhouses that have been converted into 4 star hotels, two of which have excellent, award-winning restaurant facilities. Enjoy sumptuous full Welsh breakfasts each day to set you up for a day's walking in the hills.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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