Year of Legends 2017

2017 is officially Wales’s Year of Legends – and to celebrate our Tourism department have made a list of adventurous things to do here in Denbighshire.

 

 

Climb a rampart and proclaim yourself King or Queen of the Castle

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Explore some of the most atmospheric fortresses in Wales at Denbigh, Rhuddlan and Castell Dinas Brân above Llangollen.

Find out more at cadw.gov.wales

Build a sandcastle at Rhyl or Prestatyn beach

You should find plenty of room on the seven miles of golden sands between Rhyl and Prestatyn.

Find out more about beaches in Prestatyn

Find out more about beaches in Rhyl

Visit Ruthin Craft Centre

ruthin-craft-centreBe inspired byRuthin Craft Centre,the leading applied arts gallery in Wales, or do it yourself at one of their regular workshops.

Find out more at ruthincraftcentre.org.uk 

Ghost hunt at Bodelwyddan castle

knights-helmetJoin the paranormal team at Bodelwyddan Castle for a Ghost Hunt until 3am… or until your nerves give out.

Find out more at bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk

Walking

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We do scenic little strolls – and we do long distance epics. The Wales Coast Path runs right through Denbighshire on its 870-mile journey and Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, amere 177 miles, starts in Prestatyn.

Find out more nationaltrail.co.uk

Visit Denbigh

Unlock one of Wales’s best-kept secrets with your very own key to the ancient walls of Denbigh. Ask at the library or the castle visitor centre.

Find out more at visitdenbigh.co.uk

Visit Loggerheads Country Park

Climb to the top of the limestone cliffs at Loggerheads Country Park for an unbeatable view of Moel Famau, the highest point of the Clwydian Range.

Find out more at clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk

Cycle Pont y Ddraig Bridge

Cross the iconic Pont y Ddraig Bridge between Rhyl promenade and the new harbour hub, where you can have a coffee or even hire a bike – you’re on the North Wales Coast Cycle Route from Chester to Holyhead.

Find out more at sustrans.org.uk

See the North Wales International Music festival

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Experience the magnificent acoustics of St Asaph Cathedral, Britain’s smallest ancient cathedral. World-class musicians come to the North Wales International Music Festival every September

Find out more at nwimf.com

Walk one of our Town trails

Take a voyage of discovery by walking one of our town trails. Choose from Ruthin, Llangollen, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Denbigh, Corwen, St Asaph or Rhuddlan – that’s one for every day of the week and one for luck.

Find out more at discoverdenbighshire.co.uk

Visit Ruthin Gaol

Explore the creepy nooks and crannies of Ruthin Gaol – and take a peek inside the condemned man’s cell if you’re brave enough.

Find out more about Ruthin Gaol

See the Llangollen Railway

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Huff and puff for 10 glorious miles on the extended Llangollen Corwen Heritage Railway, hugging the banks of the River Dee as you go.

Find out more at Llangollen-railway.co.uk

Cycle the Rhyl Marsh Tracks

Tackle the national standard BMX race track in Rhyl with its thrilling jumps, berms and Bensink start gate, just like the one at the 2012 Olympics.

Find out more at marshtracks.co.uk

Visit Nantclwyd y Dre

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Experience the “Seven Ages” of Nantclwyd y Dre in Ruthin, the oldest timbered town house in Wales. No napping in the sumptuous Jacobean bedchamber, please.

Find out more about Nantclwyd y Dre

Ride the along the canal towpath

Ride the four miles along the canal towpath from Llangollen to stunning Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – every inch is part of a World Heritage Site. Or peddle west for a family picnic at Llantysilio.

Find out more at clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk

See the Owain Glyndwˆr statue

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Come face to face with Wales’s greatest hero Owain Glyndwˆr – or at least his life-size bronze statue – on the square in Corwen. Walk up the steep hillside of Pen y Pigyn to see the spot where he flung his dagger away in a rage.

Find out more at discoverdenbighshire.gov.uk

Catch a fish

Whether you love coarse or game fishing, rivers or stillwaters, we offer tight lines in some of the loveliest landscapes in Wales.

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Visit Plas Newydd

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Stroll the gardens and explore the romantic Gothic cottage of the Ladies of Llangollen – Regency runaways Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby.

Find out more about Plas Newydd

Ride the Rhyl Miniature Railway

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Ride right round the only saltwater lake in North Wales on the vintage steam locomotives of Rhyl Miniature Railway – the oldest in Britain.

Find out more at rhylminiaturerailway.co.uk

Go to the Clwydian Range Food Trail

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One of Wales’s most beautiful landscapes also produces some of its tastiest food. Follow the Clwydian Range Food Trail to find out more – and finish with a bottle of Moel Famau Ale at Caffi Florence in Loggerheads Country Park

Find out more at foodtrail.co.uk

Take part in a walking festival

Stretch your legs, see the countryside and make lots of new friends at one of our walking festivals. This year Llangollen is 30 April-2 May and Prestatyn 20-22 May.

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Take a horse-drawn boat on the Llangollen canal

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Horsepower has never been so relaxing. See fish flitting through the clear waters of Llangollen Canal as you glide along on a horse-drawn boat from Llangollen wharf to Thomas Telford’s Horseshoe Falls.

Find out more at horsedrawnboats.co.uk

Go Paddle boarding

Walk on water with the increasingly trendy sport of stand-up paddle boarding. Try anything from an evening social paddle to a white water adrenalin ride. You can even paddle with your dog.

Find out more at standuppaddleboarduk.com

Ride a mountain bike trail

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Get on your bike, and off the road, for some mud-spattered excitement. Explore Denbighshire’s network of natural mountain bike trails with routes for all abilities.

Find out more at ridenorthwales.co.uk

Climb to the top of a hillfort

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Climb to the top of a hillfort. The chain of Iron Age fortresses stretching from Moel Hiraddug in the north to Caer Drewyn near Corwen is one of the most important historic landscapes in Wales.

Find out more at clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk

Cycle Llyn Brenig

Hire a bike from the visitor centre at Llyn Brenig and cycle round one of the largest and loveliest reservoirs in Wales. Not all the way round, necessarily. Family-friendly routes start at just two miles long.

Find out more at llyn-brenig.co.uk

Powerwalk round Brickfields Pond

Power walk around Brickfields Pond local nature reserve in Rhyl – or just feed the ducks if you prefer.

Find out more at denbighshirecountryside.org.uk

Spot a little tern

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Spot a little tern at the Gronant Dunes nature reserve – the only place this rare bird breeds in the whole of Wales. You might just catch a glimpse of a natterjack toad too

Find out more at denbighshirecountryside.org.uk

Walk up Moel Famau

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Walk to the top of Moel Famau for a closer look at the ruined Jubilee Tower. Built to celebrate the golden jubilee of King George III in 1810, the tower collapsed in a storm in 1862. But it remains an icon in the landscape

Find out more at clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk

See a show at Rhyl or Llangollen Pavilion

Sometimes you just have to be there. See a show at the Pavilion Theatre or hear a concert at Llangollen Pavilion, which hosts the world-famous Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod every July.

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