The Panorama, Llangollen
There are some stunning walks around Llangollen and one of my favourite areas to walk is around the Panorama.
Standing high above Llangollen to the north is Castell Dinas Bran. This was said to be the possible burial site of the Holy Grail of the Arthurian legends, and was known to have been the 13th Century home of Madoc ap Gruffydd Maelor, the founder of Valle Crucis Abbey and it was possibly a stronghold for Eliseg, Prince of Powys in the 6th Century.
The area nearest to the castle is the Panorama Walk, where you will find the limestone escarpment known as the Eglwyseg Rocks. The outcrop continues north to the area known as World's End. The frost eroded limestone is littered with coral and sea shell fossils confirming this raised mountain was once below sea level. At the moment the hills are carpeted in wild heather, with the purple flowers providing a stunning contrast with the white limestone.
The views from the Panorama are spectacular and you can see over to the Shropshire and Cheshire plains. It is well worth visiting. The Panorama road hosts a monument to I.D. Hooson, the noted Welsh poet from Rhosllanerchrugog, a proud local village which was once the largest village in Wales. You can also drive along the single track toad and park up - take a picnic for a wonderful peaceful day out.
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