|From Ffynnon-Las the path follows a clear tree-lined track,
descending steadily through hedged fields, into the riverside town of
| Distance: 2.4 km / 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (short but
Until Thomas Telford built the A5 to Holyhead through
Llangollen in 1815, Llangollen was a relatively small village. The new road
brought trade and wealth to Llangollen which rapidly grew to be a thriving
Victorian town, drawing visitors to enjoy its picturesque riverside setting
with its mountain backdrop. The focal point of the town is the 14th century
bridge, celebrated in the famous rhyme as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.
to 1831 two upper class Irish ladies, Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby,
made their home at Plas Newydd, Llangollen. Known as the Ladies of Llangollen,
their friendship fascinated and scandalised Regency society. They were visited
by many literary and powerful figures, including Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott,
Lord Byron and the Duke of Wellington.