An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Last week I took a little time out to join my fellow Tourism Ambassadors and attend the latest Learning Journey. It was a great chance for me to experience a couple of the local walks in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which is all around this area. And of course more importantly a chance to pass on this information to our lovely guests so that they too can experience the local walks.
(An AONB is an area of countryside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland which has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value. The primary purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, now and for future generations. The Clwydian Range is one of only eight AONBs in Wales)
It started off as a very wet and windy day (it is November!) but undeterred we dressed accordingly and got underway on our journey to Llangwyfan. Here our group of 15 met up with Fiona and Ceri from the AONB who guided us on our walk. Coed Llangwfan is a circular trail of 2miles with a gradual descent through the forest, passing by a range of different habitats and tree species along the way. Here lies an ancient Iron Age hillfort which would have been a secure place for the Celts to live as well as being used for markets and special celebrations. Fiona’s enthusiastic stories and information helped bring this to life and it really was a stunning view from the top of the Clwydian Range. There are leaflets and online maps if you fancy taking this route yourself. Take a look
Once we’d blown the cobwebs away we headed for Sugar Plum Tea room and Homewares shop near in Rhewl near Ruthin to have some lunch and have a little browse. Having met the lovely owner Hazel on many occasions I was excited to finally come and take a look at her wonderful tea room. I wasn’t disappointed! Such a lovely place to have a great coffee and cake or a bite to eat at lunchtime. I ordered the mushrooms on toast which was a delight and just what I needed after our walk. The hot chocolate was also a hit and was served in lovely Cath Kidston mug. Both the food and the presentation were a delight. The café is set within Homewood Bound Collection, the interior side of the business. Lots of beautiful things to look at for the home. After a quick browse we were all whisked off again for our next walk. Sugar Plum Tea Room
This time we headed to Corwen, and Pen y Pigin. This again was a short walk up to the monument where there are stunning views across the beautiful Dee Valley. Starting at the church we headed behind the old workhouse building which leads to a footpath up the steep sided hill which Corwen nestles beneath. Corwen is just 10 minutes’ drive from Rivercatcher so is really on our doorstep. The path winds through the oak and birch woodland to where the monument finally emerges. Even on a November afternoon the view can be appreciated so is worth the walk.
These walks are just two of many of the beautiful locations to visit in the Clywidan Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For me it was a reminder of what a great part of the world we are in and how much there is to discover on our door step. Take a look