Out & |About
BERWYN RANGE & LOCAL AREA
The West Arms is set in the picturesque country village of Llanarmon DC, close to Llangollen, in the Ceiriog Valley overlooking the Berwyn Hills. Although built around 1570, The West Arms was not an Inn offering accommodation until 1670. Attractive bedrooms have replaced old cattle stalls but the original 16th-century charm still remains and boasts riverside gardens with an unsurpassed view of the wonderful Berwyns. If only the walls could talk!
There are plenty of attractions locally – including Pystyll Rhaedr Waterfall, Chirk Castle, Erddig Hall, Shrewsbury, Oswestry Market Town and Chester as well as lots of local walks – ask at reception for leaflets.
Walks around Llanarmon
Perhaps the best way to explore and appreciate the natural and managed landscape of the Ceiriog Valley is to explore its many footpaths, bridleways and old roadways. Find out more.
Described as ‘the jewel in the crown of Welsh country houses, Erddig is a fascinating yet unpretentious early 18th-century country house which reflects a gentry family’s 250 years of upstairs-downstairs life. Erdigg is approximately a 35 minute drive from The West Arms, close to Wrexham town centre, which offers a compact shopping centre called Eagles Meadow. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig.
Completed in 1310, Chirk Castle is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the mediaeval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servant’s hall and historic laundry and award-winning gardens. Chirk Castle is still owned by the Myddleton family but operated by National Trust. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle
Pistyll Rhaeadr is an enchanting waterfall in the Berwyn Mountains just inside Wales and west of Oswestry and Shrewsbury. At 240ft (80m) high, it is the UK’s tallest single drop waterfall and one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. Famous for the Timotei Shampoo advert with the beautiful girl, it is approximately a 20 minute drive from The West Arms along a beautiful scenic route with a delightful Cafe at the site to refresh yourself once you arrive.
The canal is fed from the River Dee at the Horseshoe Falls just out of Llangollen. You can walk through Darkie Tunnel but it is some 1200 feet in length so a flashlight is recommended. It is one of two tunnels at Chirk. The other is the shorter Whitehurst Tunnel. www.chirk.com/aqueduct.html
CEIRIOG COUNTRY HOLIDAYS
Ceiriog Country Holidays offer a range of 2-3 hour, half day or full day tours of different destinations. You may choose a destination close by or further away (example Snowdonia) with arranged collection of guests available from The West Arms. Local Welsh guides will give you invaluable information about your day’s destination. Follow the link for more information : www.ceiriog.com/country.html
ADY SMITH KTM OFF-ROAD SCHOOLS
Enjoy Beginners to expert motor cross training. Ady Smith KTM off-road schools and supermoto schools offers any riders the chance to try a wide range of KTM bikes and gain valuable riding tuition from one of the country’s most experienced riders – Ady Smith – multiple enduro and supermoto champion. Available at the nearby Berwyn Leisure