The meandering path of the River Dee on the west side of Llangollen provides the focus of this superb walk. The riverside excursion combines well with a pleasant diversion up around the steep wooded hillside above. The walk starts by gaining height on the south side of the river valley. The effort is rewarded by some great views northwards to the Horseshoe Pass.
A zig-zag descent takes you back down to river level and the Berwyn Railway Station. Just to the west are the Horseshoe Falls, a striking feature on the river, especially when they are in full spate. This crescent shaped weir was built specifically to feed the canal which runs parallel to the river. A section of the Clwydian Way traces the canal here and provides the route along to the impressive Llangollen Bridge and the starting point.
The walk can be extended by exploring the wooded Vivod Estate and Cae-Madog Wood which sit above and to the southwest of Llangollen.
There is parking in Llangollen and close to the bridge near the Horseshoe Falls.
Mostly good tracks, footpaths and narrow roads.