Abbey Farm, Llangollen –> North Wales
Homeland. Heimat. Whatever you wanna call it – this is it.
One Saturday we packed up the van and headed 6 miles down the road to Llangollen. Most famous as the town *where England meets Wales* it’s essentially very much neglected by yours truly as a popular holiday/weekend destination and so it was about time we found out more about what camping so close to home would be like.
Well. Let me tell y’all – it’s great!
The Horseshoe Pass is one of our favourite dog walking destinations and umpteen times we made a promise to stay over one night and enjoy a few drinks in one of the colourful pubs along the way. At the end of July it finally happened.
The Abbey Farm campsite is exactly the kind of site we’d normally stay clear off; statics [along the left hand side on the picture above], lodges [at the very back of the site], commercialness & general busyness but I have to say that – as much as I wanted to – I simply couldn’t find fault with it.
The site is based on a working farm and around the actual Abbey in a valley only a short walk away from Llangollen itself. It has outstanding 360 degree views and the camping field is off to the right of the site. I don’t know why it wasn’t busy that weekend but luckily for us we managed to set up the van on a raised area looking straight at the abbey, bonus!
After a quick set-up (i.e. park up, pull out the awning), we stuffed Maisie in her corset and headed off for a little stroll. She chased a little cat up a tree at the back of the site. I don’t know why we assumed it was stuck but Mr. B’s highly developed sense of rescue kicked in and he felt obliged to offer the poor thing a hand.
It ended up rejecting our very generous offer of jumping into Mr. B’s arms and eventually managed to get itself down all by itself [we watched it do it. Maisie meanwhile decided to carry on with her wanders and wasn't at all concerned. And why should she. She made it perfectly clear that mountains belong to Border Collies, not cats].
Dinas Bran is another great little spot to include in your Llangollen itinerary, it’s an awesome location to take some very dramatic shots but as we ended up walking along the opposite side of the valley, here’s some far away & zoom shots to (hopefully) whet your North Wales appetite.
The Pavilion hosts many events throughout the year, the most important one of which is, of course, the annual Eisteddfod. Every July thousands of people flock to Llangollen to sing their little hearts out and the town is buzzing with excitement and visitors from all over the world.
We walked along the ridge overlooking our beautiful land for a while then ventured down and headed to the Chainbridge Hotel for a cool beer. The Chainbridge has recently (well, not THAT recently but still recently to me……) changed owners and looks like it’s set to be transformed into a stunning little location that should definitely be on your list should you ever decide to come’n visit. It now features a super sunny & pretty patio overlooking the river Dee and the actual chain bridge which has just been granted some funding and will be accessible to the public from next year. I have no doubt it’ll be absolutely amazing! If you combine horse drawn canal boats with a drink in the Chainbridge Hotel and maybe take a scenic trip on one of these beauties you really can’t go wrong. As for us – we watched some tourists embarrass themselves then carried on walking along the canal through the community of Llantysilio until we hit the Britannia Inn on the Horseshoe Pass.
You might remember seeing Maisie in her little ruffwear outfit and how she doesn’t mind getting a little help from Mr. B when it comes to getting over those little ole stiles that are dotted across the whole of the UK [and come in all different shapes'n sizes: if you're a K9 you can get under some. Over some. Around some. Squeeze through some. Some can require you to be very creative and others - like this one featured here - are pretty much straight forward].
We thoroughly enjoyed our day in our beautiful homeland and the Abbey Farm campsite is definitely worth a visit. If I remember rightly we parted with £15 (without EHU. We also did not use any of the facilities other than the toilets but if you’re that way inclined there’s a fully functioning and pretty café cum bar cum restaurant on site. Full shower & wash block. Farm shop. Butchers. You can bring your own tent, motor home, caravan, hire a static, a pod or a lodge and get involved as little or as much as suits your personal needs).