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Name:Castell Dinas Bran
Hill number:7522
Height:321.4m / 1054ft
Parent (Ma):2040  Cyrn-y-Brain
RHB Section:30C: Llandudno to Wrexham
County/UA:Denbighshire [Sir Ddinbych] (CoU)
Catchment:Dee (Flint)
Class:Tump (300-399m), Subhump, Clem
(Tu,3,sHu,Cm)
Grid ref:SJ 22285 43080
Summit feature:small mound
Drop:96.2m
Col:225.2m  SJ 2266 4318  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 117
(1:25k) 255 256
Observations:ground by plan of summit is slightly lower; whole summit area is man-made ground
Survey:Abney level/Trimble GeoXH 6000
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 139 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked in Llangollen centre, nr the main bridge, and walked up past the school to the summit. A nice short walk, very pleased to have beaten my Grandad, JonGlew, up this hill! :)williamglew07/08/2019
From LlangollenThe Playful Pig01/08/2019
Great hill. From the end of the road to WSW.clivevilla16/05/2019
On way home from Cryn-y-Bryn, parked on the road between Ruabon Mountain and the castle, (follow signposts from the main roads). Steep climb to the top, offers fine views of the Llangollen valley. Can be windy and very busy on Bank Holidays. Fine remains of a Welsh Castlegiant_hiker06/05/2019
A few parking spots on the road to the north, then an easy path up to a splendid hill, a perfect way to round off a long day.Colin Crawford01/04/2019
Climbed from Llangollen marina. A fantastic narrow boat holiday from Ellesmere. Took the path up past the school and returned down the minor road to the east.Rob Rees27/03/2019
Visit to Llangollen for afternoon tea with Jean and Brian and Bill.Joolz50024/12/2018
Parked at end of lane SJ 2166 4285 - very limited parking, perhaps 3 or 4 cars. Large layby to SW (at bottom of hill) SJ 2130 4275. Yes, an amazing place and well worth the visitcarole engel22/11/2018
Lane from WSW then steep f/p to castle ruins. What a magnificent spot!Aye Jimmy14/01/2018
From the Horseshoe Falls and Llangollen via the Canal.Alunrees3315/08/2017
Brilliant hill with dramatic ruined castle on top -from road junction to east . Very narrow road up from valley-take care .Mark Sims02/08/2017
Zeitgeist. Ascended many times.nwormgage07/07/2017
On a day trip to Llangollen, a sunny evening ascent with L. (My second walk up Castell Dinas Bran - first was with Smoky, Hudson, Eppey and others in 2013 or 2014).Skip02/07/2017
The final jewel in the crown of the great circuit from Llangollen over Moel y Gamelin, Cyrn y Brain and World's End. Just has to be done, it's brilliant hill.Gill18/03/2017
From Llangollen, by the marked trail up the west ridge. Descent east, and then by lanes to Valle Crucis Abbey, returning along the canal towpath. Solo.Man of Kernow106/03/2017
I walked up the hill to look at the castle ruins.Alancache05/08/2016
From junction to NEGordonAdshead25/06/2016
Staying in Llangollen and climbed hill to visit the ruined castle. Great viewsRamblingpaul31/05/2016
Number one of two summits on this walk. Sunny intervals. Castell Dinas Bran (321m) and Eglwyseg Mountain (502m) from Llangollen. Returning via Clwydian Way, Valle Crucis Abbey, Horseshoe Falls and Llangollen canal. Distance = 21.57km. Average moving speed = 4.8km/h. Time moving = 4:31. Ascent = 682m.paulnewby8110/04/2016
From LLangollen, up signposted path to top, sparse ruins but impressive, rain of varying degrees all day & windy on top.apricorum06/02/2016
We were staying at Geufron Hall on a visit to the to town, it was a straightforward but steep hike up from there after a lovely breakfast.hillhiker15/08/2015
From 227433 on WDP up to top. Nice hill.arranc06/08/2015
Parked up road from motor museum past Abbey to cut the ascent by half. Fairly steep walk up. Tremendous views. Party of young kids up there probably not appreciating the history and views..mattcymru02/07/2015
Wandered up to the castle. A bit wet.Alex1759520/06/2015
Nice 11 mile circular from Pentrefelin, walked along canal in rainy weather, up to Castell Dinas Bran, thought about turning back but suddenly the weather completely cleared, walked up along ridge onto the wet Eglwyseg Mountain (trig and summit) picked up Clwydian Way and back along field paths to Pentrefelin.DanTrig05/12/2014
Jaunt with normtumpawumpa06/07/2014
With Mag. Day after doing Offa's Dyke Path. A lovely little top, fine weather, cool breeze and good viewsiredale05/06/2014
Circular walk from Pontcysyllte.pererin26/03/2014
Parked at road junction to the east. Nice hill, interesting summit, great view.JohnStoneham22/03/2014
From campsite.Wheelsy14/07/2013
Explored by using paths from the Abbey grange hotel in the Horseshoe pass. Eventually I got to it from the Offas dyke link path from the panorama. I went on to explore Coed Hyrddyn (Velevet hill).Dazingdale28/03/2013
As DL. Fine hill and summit.destaylor10/01/2013
Up from Panorama Walk. Fun top with the castle ruins.simon and co04/01/2013
Cracking looking hill and a very fun top to climb and explore.Jake99402/01/2013
From the town.mad max02/10/2012
Brisk walk to gain this lovely sub HuMP from verge side parking to east of farm before road junction.Dugswell217/09/2012
Popular place even on a cold wet winters day !heavyhorses18/02/2012
Space to park at road junction to NE.PeteF14/02/2012
From Llangollen to Castell Dinas Bran then along below the cliffs of Eglwyseg to Valle Crucis then the Horseshoe Falls and back along the canal. Beautiful day and my first walk with Mark.Saggers04/11/2011
one of many occasions, a nice walk up to what looks like some kind of monster from the a5, would have looked splendid back in the day...stig_nest17/05/2011
From caravan sitemikependergast01/04/2011
Start of short Offa's Dyke Path section Llangollen - Chirk Castle. Very very foggy, no visibility but very atmospheric around the fort/castle ruins.thesweetcheat19/02/2011
Verge parking near minor road junction at SJ 22705 43307. Good path to summit albeit very steep!David Gradwell25/04/2010
On way down from a 10 miler round the head of the valley.Walker Dan15/10/2009
From Llangollen railway station with Dadderrymark22/05/2009
with TonyStuart Hyde08/11/2008
so many trips up can't remember the dates!RutheH01/06/2005
fine steep compact hill, fine ruins, lovely view of Vale. park 228433, FP from stile at 227432 to summit RHW19/01/2002
From Dock House, Trevor.Richard Gunn29/08/2000
Rough estimate of date.WaggaWagg01/06/1999