Conquering the Clwydian Range

Stretching from Prestatyn to Llandegla, the Clwydian Range is a chain of (fairly low) peaks that runs along the border of Denbighshire and Flintshire, in North Wales. Having grown up just across the border, it’s an area that will always hold a special place in my heart. Today, I’d like to take you on an armchair tour of Foel Fenlli, a peak which lives in the shadow of its neighbour, Moel Famau.

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Skies of Blue

Conwy Mountain isn’t really a mountain; it’s more of a hill. But, for one reason or another, the giant mound behind Conwy Marina is known locally as Conwy Mountain. Growing up, I spent lots of summers (and many more weekends) in North Wales, visiting seaside towns such as Caernarfon and Beaumaris, collecting shells and sea glass at the beaches and taking in the splendour of Snowdonia National Park. From Chester, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump down the A55, and I was only too happy to spend a weekend there with my parents over the summer.

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Snowdon: 1085m Above Wales

Surrounded by stunning scenery, Snowdon sits in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, a stone’s throw from the small mining town of Llanberis. It’s an easy day trip from neighbouring towns and cities; from Chester it’s only an hour’s train ride to Bangor (the nearest mainline train station), followed by a forty minute bus journey (the current timetable for the 85/86 bus can be viewed here) to Llanberis. If you’re travelling by public transport, it’s best to make your way up the mountain in the morning, giving you plenty of time to take in the incredible views and hopefully eliminating any chance of missing the last bus back to Bangor!

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