We left this pretty wee (working) village to go back up the slope we’d entered it by. We reached our destination via another sharp we hill. The first sight is of a graveyard and church: cyclists must have passed through here before.

Today was the border country at its best and showing many faces. Green, misty, grey, sunny, wet. Never flat. Apart from the section along the lovely Llangollen canal that is. That had enough bumps on towpath to keep things interesting.

The Pontcysyllte aqueduct impresses on many levels. Today we looked up at it, realising of course we were cycling up to meet it on the other side. The Dee Valley was very picturesque. We’d reached it via the Horseshoe Pass shrouded in misty cloud: we missed the viewpoint.

Garlic and bluebells returned: a sign of hedgerows and shade. As on other days we largely enjoyed these by ourselves: very quiet. They canal barges were the busiest area of activity.

A busy border day. Denbighshire, Powys, Wrexham, Shropshire, Wales, England, Wentnor is lovely and quiet: the Long Mynd’s quieter companion valley. The pies in the Castle are reason enough to come here!

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