|View of Clwydian Range|
|Former North Wales Hospital|
After meeting the pigs we came across a footbridge across the Ystrad, which the children were eager to cross but disappointed when they discovered that it wasn't on the route. Never mind - they still took the opportunity to play Pooh Sticks and this was pretty successful courtesy of the fast flowing water. Further on the path opened out into a field and allegedly there are the remains of Dr Johnson's cottage in the woods here (he of first dictionary fame). Despite looking for it keenly I didn't see it and presumably it is covered by a lot of foliage. He apparently stayed here for a while at the height of his fame.
Just past here are we left the valley of the Ystrad and climbed sharply up through the woods. At the top of the steep slope we crossed into a field and could now see some lovely views out towards the Snowdonia mountains. Our route would take us in a big loop around Gwaynynog Manor where the literary connections continued. This manor house, largely out of sight from the path, is where Beatrix Potter worked on illustrations for her books.
|Is Beatrix in?|
|Denbigh Castle View|