Days Out

Tŷ Mawr Country Park | Vale of Llangollen

This little treasure is nestled on the banks of the River Dee where beauty can literally be seen in every direction.

Tŷ Mawr is located in the Vale of Llangollen, it is not only a part of the Clwydian Range but is also part of the Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As you can imagine, it’s absolutely stunning.

We started from the overflow car park where you can stay all day for just £1 (paid in cash via the machine), and I’m glad we did. We were immediately treated to the beautifully dramatic view of the Cefn Viaduct.

From there we followed the route around in a clockwise direction which treated us to some beautiful views across the river. Thankfully we always have our trusty wellies in the boot of the car, which is perfect as the banks of the river are perfect for paddling.

From here we continued to follow the bath around which is when you have the option of splitting off and following the river down to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which has been recently designated as a world heritage site. Hubby and I were keen to do exactly that, but we have two pairs of little legs that were not up for the challenge. However, we will be back to take a closer look in the spring so watch this space.

The smaller path we were following now took a turn up the hill treating us to some more beautiful views across the Cefn Viaduct, and introducing us to Carlos and Pedro the Tŷ Mawr llamas.

Now the path the brings us up towards the welcome centre and taking this route around the bath, leaves the most dramatic view to last as looking down and across the Cefn Viaduct from this angle is simply stunning. There are some picnic benches in this area and this would make a perfect spot for some lunch.

Finally we headed up to the visitor centre that has a play park, small shop and some facilities. Though be aware that the toilets are closed at the moment due to Covid 19.

The cherry on the cake of our visit were the animals at Tŷ Mawr. We had already met the llamas, and now we also met the pigs and goats. The pigs being some of my favourite animals just because they are so ugly!

What we loved most about Tŷ Mawr is that you can make your visit as long or as short as you want. From a quick hour to enjoy some beautiful views, to spending the whole day with a picnic.

This is a versatile location suitable for experienced walkers on the longer routes and little legs for the smaller loop.

Ty Mawr is a brilliant day out, suitable for experienced walkers on the longer routes and little legs on a family walk.

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