The Dee Valley is situated in the county of
Denbighshire which lies to the east of Conwy County and north of the
county of Powys. The valley is a place that has been visited from very
ancient times. There was a steam tramway and two steam railway branch
lines running along the valley. The whole area covers around forty miles
and consists of Iron Age forts, the largest natural lake in Wales,
Roman ruins, Pagan monuments, Dark Age Castles, well preserved castles
and some outstanding mansions. Within the valley is a very charming
canal and two main rivers, with the main one being the River Dee.
The River Dee is around seventy miles long and rises
above Llanuwchllyn in the hills in the ‘Dolgellau gold belt of Merioneth
(Gwynedd) and before it passes through Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) it is
known as Afon Dyfrdwy or 'The Little Dee'. It then flows north via
Chester, and discharges to the sea into an estuary between Wales and the
Wirral in England. The river has been famed as a mixed fishery with
Salmon and trout fishing, mostly in the upper waters and a good coarse
fishery in the lower reaches. On its travels it heads eastwards through
the very picturesque vale of Llangollen, through the welsh Foothills
near Bangor-on-dee and then meanders northwards along the Cheshire plain
to its tidal limit at Chester.
Review Dee Valley.