Explore the parkland and woodland surrounding this medieval castle near Hawarden in Flintshire. The ruins of the castle have an interesting history connected with the Welsh struggle for independence in the 13th century. After exploring the ruins you can stroll through Hawarden Park and Bilberry Wood with woodland trails, pretty streams, attractive parkland and a large fish pond. There are also great views of the surrounding countryside of the Cheshire plain.
Also on the site is the new Hawarden Castle, a manor house which in 1852 became the home of the Prime Minister W E Gladstone. Also of interest is the The Parish Church of St. Deiniol (of 13th century origin) and the neo-Gothic Gladstone library containing about 30000 of Gladstone's books.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then the nearby Wepre Park in Connah's Quay is a good option.
PostcodeCH5 3PB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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On the estate there's a farm shop with a nice cafe for refreshments after your walk. It serves warming breakfasts, delicious light lunches, and tea with scones and cake. There's also an outdoor seating area for the summer months. You can find it on Chester Road at postcode CH5 3FB for your sat navs.
Another good option is GT's Bar and Grill.There's a splendid large garden to sit out in on warmer days and it's located just a stones throw away from Wepre Park. It's easily accessible from the A55 and can be found on Wepre Lane at postcode CH5 4JR.