|Hawarden Castle||2 miles (2.5 km)||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. View Full Details>>
|Waun-y-llyn Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Climb to the top of View Full Details>>|
|Wepre Park||3 miles (5 km)||Follow a series of walking trails through the ancient woodland of this pretty country park in Connah's Quay in Flintshire. There are 160 acres to explore with highlights including the river, waterfall and the 12th century ruins of Ewloe Castle. |
If you would like to extend your walking then the 13th century ruins of Hawarden Castle and its surrounding woodland and parkland are well worth exploring. You could also pick up the River Dee and follow the riverside path into Chester. Also nearby is the fascinating ruins of Flint Castle with views over the Dee Estuary. View Full Details>>
|Moel Famau Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Climb to the top of Moel Famau mountain on this circular walk through the stunning Moel Famau Country Park. The walk starts at the car park at Bwlch Penbarra and immediately picks up the Offa's Dyke Path to take you to the 1818ft peak. Part of the Clwydian Range the mountain peak proffers wonderful views of the Wirral, Merseyside, Snowdonia, the Dee Valley and the coast. At the summit you will also find the 19th century Jubilee Tower constructed in 1810 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of King George III. The climb from the car park is not too strenuous so would suit reasonably fit walkers. It also takes place on a good path. From the summit the trails then descend through the Clwyd Forest before returning you to the car park. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in this beautiful area then you could visit the nearby Loggerheads Country Park. Located just a few miles to the east it contains dramatic limestone cliffs, wooded gorges and secluded grasslands next to the River Alyn.
Also of interest is the Iron Age Hillfort at Moel Arthur just to the north of the park.
Moel Famau is located near Mold in in Flintshire. View Full Details>>
|Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail||62 miles (99 km)||A new walking route running through the pastoral countryside near the Welsh-English border. The trail runs from Llanymynech in Powys to Holywell in Flintshire following Wat's Dyke - a 40-mile earthwork. On the route: |
Montgomery Canal - the walk follows the canal from the start at Llanymynech to Maesbury (video below).
Oswestry - the next stage takes you to this interesting town with a Celtic Hill Fort.
Erbistock - you will cross the River Dee at this pretty village.
Wrexham - the walk then heads to the largest town in north Wales, passing the National Trust Property of Erddig Hall just before.
Alyn Waters Country Park - the next stage takes you through this lovely park and the villages of Hope and Caergwrle
Holywell - the finish point for the walk, taking its name from the nearby St Winefride's Holy Well, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The walk finishes at Basingwerk Abbey - a 12th century Cistercian monastery.
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc. View Full Details>>