WALKERS invigorated their body and soul during a series of treks around the Berwyn and Clwydian mountains over bank holiday weekend.

About 200 walkers from as far as Iceland and France gathered for the seventh Llangollen Walking Festival on May 3-5.

The Saturday trips included a near 20-mile journey along the Offa's Dyke Path from Moel Famau to Llangollen, and an evening lecture by the man who trekked for two years from North Wales to Kyrgyzstan.

There was also the more leisurely eight-mile heritage tour around the the 12th century Valle Crucis Abbey, Llantysilio, and the 13th century Dinas Bran Castle, led by local historian David Crane.

On the Sunday, one group embarked on a 'wilderness walk' across the Berwyns to Corwen Railway, returning by steam train.

Mike Smart, walking guide and festival director, said: "'It has been another wonderful weekend, walking and talking with some lovely people from far and wide, including visitors from France and Iceland.

"A huge thanks go out to our volunteer guides without whom the event couldn't happen."

On Monday, experienced walkers joined in a footslog across the 5 Ugly Sisters of Llantysilio, while another heritage tour crossed the 127ft high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford at the turn of the 19th century.

Donations were raised for Nightingale House Hospice, the palliative and end-of-life care charity in Wrexham.