Local Area

We are in a central position for exploring picturesque Ruthin our local market town and the pretty resorts of Llangollen and Bala.

The Roman city of Chester, the North Wales Coast and Snowdonia National Park are less than an hours drive away.

From Your Doorstep

Placed in such a fine rural location, there are beautiful circular walks, jogging and cycling routes literally from the doorstep of your Shepherds Hut. Pheasants roam many of these rural lanes and you are sure to spot some rabbits, squirrels, buzzards overhead and my personal favourite, the leggy hare, on your travels.

We have noted some local walks in our welcome pack and two large OS Maps are on site for you to view and plan during your stay.

Excellent walking in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB
Mountain Biking North Wales

Mountain Biking North Wales

The opportunities for mountain biking in North East Wales are plentiful.

Details follow below for Coed Llandegla Forest Mountain Biking Centre, but for further ideas head to www.ridenorthwales.co.uk, which features routes in Hiraethog, Llyn Brenig, the Clwydian Range and the Dee Valley.

Dark Skies

Imagine stargazing beside your own campfire or from the comfort of your own Shepherds Hut. Should you fancy some night time adventure however you could head to one of four recognised Dark Sky Sites which are a 30 minute drive:

  • Moel Famau Bwlch Pen Barras Car Park, Llanferes, CH7 5SH
  • Horseshoe Falls Car Park, Llangollen, LL20 8BN
  • Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre Car Park, Cerrigydrudion, LL21 9TT
  • Alwen Reservoir Car Park, Cerrigydrudion, Corwen, LL21 9TT

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB

Heather topped hills and rolling pastures are characteristic of The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.

“Set out on horseback, jump on a mountain bike or stride out on foot to discover the gorgeous hillsides, forests and heath lands of North East Wales”.

Moel Famau which means ‘Mother Mountain’ in Welsh is the highest peak of the Clwydian Range at 554m (1818ft) and boasts far reaching views over the Vale of Clwyd, Snowdonia and the North Wales coast. Loggerheads Countryside Park is the gateway for exploring the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, and has a lovely little cafe, ‘Caffi Florence’.

The Horse Shoe Pass offers excellent walking with views of the Clwydiant Range, Dee Valley, Llantysilio Mountains and the spectacular rocky bulk of Eglwyseg Escarpment.

Walking on Moel Fenlli Clwydian Range AONB

Water Adventures

Based in North East Wales, SUP Lass Adventures offer high quality stand up paddle tuition. Follow their Facebook SUP Lass Adventures and Instagram @SUP _Lass for a taste of SUP Lass Adventures and to book to coincide with your stay: www.suplass.com 07813 084386

Just outside Bala is the National White Water Centre which offers adventures on natural rapids on the River Tryweryn, located in Snowdonia National Park. Bala Lake is a huge draw for water based activities. Pull up by the lakeside with your own kit or hire on site. Llangollen equally is a haven for water activities on the river Dee. All are within half an hour from Cae Main.

10 Minutes Away

A cluster of outdoor activities is based just outside the village of Llandegla, only a ten minute drive away!

One Planet Adventure

One Planet Adventure at Llandegla Forest offers mountain biking and walking trails, bike hire, mountain bike skills courses, and a brilliant cafe. One of the most popular mountain biking centres in Wales with various biking routes to meet different levels of capability: www.oneplanetadventure.com 01978 751656

Llandegla Fishery

Fly fishing, coarse fishing, free family fishing area and a cafe. Many dishes are based around their home grown fresh smoked Trout: www.llandeglafishery.com 01978 755851

Llandegla Laser Combat

Family fun from the age of 7 years. Give your Xbox or Playstation a rest and have your own real life adventure: www.llandeglalasercombat.com 07760312428

Fauxdegla

Premier Plus Shooting Ground. Clay pigeon shooting on a one to one tuition basis and various packages available according to experience: www.fauxdegla.co.uk 01978 790198

Offa’s Dyke Path

Passes through the village of Llandegla.

“A beautiful section of the Offa’s Dyke National Trails follows the hilltops from Prestatyn to Chirk. If you’re planning a walking break lasting three days or so, you could easily tackle it”

We would be happy to help with any transportation to and from the Offa’s Dyke if we can for a small fee.

15 – 30 Minutes Away

Ruthin, well known for its iconic St Peters Square and Tudor era architecture, has a wealth of quality independent shops and eateries.

Ruthin Craft Centre – The Centre for Applied Arts, is a purpose built centre with three galleries, six artist studios, retail gallery, education and popular cafe – Cafe R.

Wales’ oldest timbered town house is Nantclwyd y Dre, www.nantclwydydre.co.uk and Ruthin Gaol Museum is a pentonville style prison heritage attraction.

Corwen lies at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains and is noted for its connection with Owain Glyndwr, the last native born Prince of Wales. As the ancestral home of Wales’ national hero, a life sized bronze statue of Owain Glyndwr astride his battle horse was installed in the square in Corwen in 2007. Please do search Owain Glyndwr in www.historypoints.org Why not board the steam train from Corwen into beautiful Llangollen, a marvellous journey through the Dee Valley, located within our local AONB.

Llangollen is most certainly one of Wales’ most popular inland resorts, and is well worth a visit. From your shepherds hut, take the 25 minute scenic drive into Llangollen over the dramatic Horseshoe Pass. Llangollen has something for everyone, including a steam railway, horse drawn and motorised boat trips on the canal, Llangollen Museum, Plas Newydd house and gardens, the International Music Eisteddfod in July and a long standing annual food fair in October. Llangollen is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along eleven miles of canal via the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to the Horseshoe Falls www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk

The Chapel is a new centre designed to help visitors discover the rich culture of Denbighshire. It includes a Tourist Information Centre, Countryside Service, fine art and craft gallery, a library and learning centre. The Chapel will help you discover the best ways to access the local countryside, woodlands and paths. Stroll along the canal towpath or take a hike up to the ruins of 13th century Castell Dinas Bran which overlooks the town. Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed with Llangollen either. There are numerous local businesses offering a range of water based sports activities and tuition in canoeing, kayaking and rafting.

With plenty of shops, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes too and a Cittaslow status, Llangollen has certainly a lot going for it www.llangollen.org.uk

Views from Castell Dinas Bran, a medieval castle on a prominent hilltop overlooking Llangollen and the Dee Valley

The Lakeside Resort of Bala is a 30 minute drive and takes you to the gateway of the Snowdonia National Park, renowned for its stunning landscapes and host of outdoor activities.

Just outside Bala is the National White Water Centre which offers adventures on natural rapids on the River Tryweryn, located in Snowdonia National Park. Bala itself offers stunning lakeside views of Llyn Tegid and array of pubs, cafes and eateries. Don’t pass through Bala without stopping for fish and chips at ‘Y Badell Aur’ and pulling up by the lakeside to enjoy them!

45 – 60 Minutes Away

A comprehensive list of attractions and road trip ideas are included in your Welcome Pack. Anywhere in North Wales can be reached in a day trip – you can drive across the whole region in a couple of hours. It is worth noting however our proximity especially to picture postcard Llandudno and Conwy Castle on the North Wales coastline. The popular seaside town of Llandudno has two sandy beaches, a stunning promenade and a famous tramway up to the Great Orme natural cliffside landmark. Conwy Castle is one of the most picturesque castles in Wales. In their summary, CADW, who are responsible for all of the castles of Wales state “This is one of the most magnificent medieval fortresses in Europe”.

The town itself has plenty of interesting shops and cafes all set beside a beautiful quay and in the shadows of its famous castle. Many are drawn to North Wales by Snowdonia National Park, known for its natural beauty, mountain vistas, hiking and Mount Snowdon Wales’ highest peak. It is also home to all three Zip World venues – all under an hours drive from your Shepherds Hut.

All three Zip World venues are under an hours drive: www.zipworld.co.uk

Zip World Slate Caverns – Caverns, Titan (Europe’s largest zip zone), Bounce Below – massive underground trampolines at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Zip World Fforest – Fforest Coaster, Treetop Nets, Skyride, Tree Hoppers at Betws y Coed.

Zip World Penrhyn Quarry – Quarry Karts, The Big Red and not to forget Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the world, at Bethesda.

In the Conwy Valley, also an hour’s drive is Adventure Parc Snowdonia. Adrenaline Indoors offers a weather-proof day out and Surf Snowdonia is the perfect environment to practise your surfing skills: adventureparcsnowdonia.com