I (nickw) am spending a few days early in the new year in the Llangollen area of North Wales, doing some walking and mapping.
About the area
The area is just over the border in Wales, and is a beautiful area of rolling green hills and (low) mountains, up to around 2000ft/600m. Llangollen itself is a nice small town in a steep-sided valley, below the ruins of the Castell Dinas Bran, and on the preserved Llangollen Railway (though this probably isn't operating in winter). There are many miles of footpaths in every direction and a variety of scenery, from green hills to moorlands and limestone cliffs. Most walking will probably involve a hill at some point, though you can stick to the (narrow) valley.
Current mapping status
The town itself looks well done. However very few footpaths in the area have been completed, so there is lots to do! The Castell Dinas Bran area (partly done) and Llantysilio Mountain are popular walking areas which would be particularly good to do.
I will be in the area from the morning of Monday January 2nd to the afternoon of Thursday January 5th. If you want to do a bit of exercise after all the Christmas indulgence, feel free to come along, even for just one day (the Monday is a bank holiday) and turn it into a mapping party
If coming on the Monday, meet at the entrance to Llangollen railway station, 11.30-11.45am (this is the earliest I can get there). If interested in Tuesday - Thursday, please email me on nick dot whitelegg at yahoo dot co dot uk by 9am Monday, to make meeting arrangements (I may not have internet access while I'm there)
How to get there
On the main A5 London-Holyhead road. There's no mainline railway station, but frequent buses from Wrexham and Ruabon (service 5) both of which are on the Chester-Birmingham line.
Please sign up if interested and state which days you're coming.