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Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it

Tuesday April 14th 2015 - L is for Llangollen

This post is part of the A - Z Challenge.

The small North Wales town of Llangollen is situated on the A5 by the river Dee and on the edge of the Berwyn mountains, and has a wealth of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and places to stay. Just out of the town centre is Plas Newydd country house which was home to the Ladies of Llangollen during the late 18th/early 19th century, and which still has many of the Gothic features they introduced; the gardens surrounding the house are well worth visiting, especially in summer.

From the railway station by the river you can take the 9 mile ride by steam train to Corwen; the return fare isn't cheap but the scenery along the route is lovely. A few minutes walk from Llangollen station is the canal, where you can take a very peaceful and leisurely 45-minute horse-drawn boat trip or a 2-hour narrow boat trip, or you can walk west along the towpath to Horseshoe Falls where water is channelled from the river to form the start of the canal itself. A short drive east is the 126ft high, 1007ft long Pontcysyllte Aquaduct which takes the canal over the River Dee; there's a towpath and railing on one side of the aquaduct but nothing on the other side, so going across in a boat gives you the sensation of gliding along in mid air - definitely not to be recommended if you don't like heights. 

On an isolated hill high above Llangollen are the remains of Castell Dinas Bran (Crow Castle). On a clear day the views from there of the town, the Dee Valley and the surrounding mountains are stunning, but it's a long, very steep and strenuous walk to get to the top and not for the faint hearted; well worth it though when you do finally get there. A couple of miles outside the town is Valle Crucis Abbey, the remains of the last Cistercian monastery to be built in Wales; the site is also home to the only remaining Welsh monastic fishpond, although it was remodelled in the 18th century as a reflecting pool.

With Chirk Castle, Bala and its lake, Betws-y-Coed and Swallow Falls all within a reasonable driving distance, and coastal resorts not much further, the Llangollen area makes a good place to stay and I don't think anyone who visits will leave feeling disappointed. Photos of Llangollen and the surrounding area can be seen in my posts from Easter 2014.