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Step Back in Time with Our Picturesque Landscape

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Castell Dinas Brân, Llangollen in the 14th Century or see a birds-eye view of Trevor in 1795?

The team at Our Picturesque Landscape have launched ‘An Animated History of the Dee Valley’, a beautiful and informative film that sweeps across the Dee Valley. It depicts the changes to the landscape over time, demonstrating the shift from pastoral to urban across the centuries with the industrialisation of the area, and the coming of the canal and A5 road opening the Dee Valley up to tourists. A series of shorter focused films showcasing each specific landscape of Llangollen, Trevor and Castell Dinas Brân can also be found on The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB Vimeo page:

Alongside the animated films, an exciting series of Virtual Reality (VR) films have been produced with the aim of transporting viewers back to past centuries and locations around the Dee Valley. By scrolling around and interacting with the videos, the viewer is able to immerse themselves in the locations of Castell Dinas Brân in the 14th Century and Victorian era, the construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1795, Valle Crucis Abbey in the 14th Century and Plas Newydd with the Ladies of Llangollen in 1805. The 360 films can be viewed here:

If you would like to experience the full potential of the films, a VR headset will accompany the Our Picturesque Landscape team at future event days to allow the public to view the historic landscapes. You can view our upcoming events at:

You may also spot the installation of QR codes at each video location, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the landscape using their own mobile devices.

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