|Follow winding lanes uphill, as the path crosses the lower slopes
of the Llantysilio Mountains to emerge at an old drovers inn at Rhewl.
|Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (longer with some
The hard, underlying rock of the Llantysilio Mountains was
created during the Silurian period, some 45 million years ago. Today, the
mosaic of purple heather, emerald green bilberries and gorse of the upper
moorland slopes are managed for wildlife. Rare moorland birds found on the
mountain include curlew, golden plover, ring ouzel, merlin, and the elusive
|The Sun Inn
at Rhewl is a 14th-century drovers inn. For centuries, drovers herded
cattle and sheep across the hills to the lowland markets of England.
Drovers roads developed, avoiding towns and toll roads. Inns along these
remote routes provided welcome shelter and food for the drovers overnight, with
secure pens alongside for their animals.