|Alyn Waters Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy peaceful walking and cycling in this lovely country park in the Alyn Valley, Wrexham. The Park is split into two sections either side of the River Alyn which runs through the centre of the park. As such there are delightful riverside walks to enjoy and other well surfaced paths taking you through woodland and grassland. |
Alyn Waters also contains a visitor centre with a cafe and gift shop, a Local Nature Reserve and a Trim Trail with a selection of different simple exercise equipment. Look out for a variety of wildlife including kingfishers, buzzards, kestrels, foxes, adders, grass snakes, smooth newts and a variety of bats.
Alyn Waters is located 3 miles North of Wrexham between Gwersyllt, Bradley and Llay. The Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail runs through the park so you could follow this walking route if you would like to continue your walk. Also nearby is Waun-y-llyn Country Park where you can climb to the top of Hope Mountain for wonderful views of the region. View Full Details>>
|Chirk Castle||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the gardens an wider estate surrounding this 13th century castle in Wrexham. The estate is a mixture of pasture and woodland and covers 460 acres with a number of well maintained footpaths to follow. The award-winning gardens cover 5.5 acres with lawns, herbaceous borders, rose, shrub and rock gardens, and a wooded pleasure ground. From the terrace overlooking the 18th century ha-ha there are stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains. View Full Details>>|
|Erddig Hall and Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore the 1,200-acre country park surrounding the 18th century Erddig Hall in Wrexham. You can enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Clywedog, visit the 13.5-acre walled garden with fruit trees and water features before exploring the huge parkland, rolling farmland and woodland areas. Cyclists can also enjoy the park with a particularly lovely trail running along the river.|
You can also tour the impressive Erddig Hall with its grand rooms, furniture and gallery. There are a number of interesting outbuildings with stables, a smithy, a joiners' shop and a sawmill too. View Full Details>>
|Maelor Way||24 miles (38 km)||This splendid walk takes you from the Shropshire/Cheshire border into Wales.|
The path starts at Grindley Brook near Whitchurch and heads west to Penley in Wales, passing around the pretty Hanmer Mere on the way. You continue to Overton and then Erbistock where you join the River Dee and then the River Ceiriog to Chirk before the final waterside section leads to the finish point at Bronygarth.
This is a beautiful walk through some fabulous English and Welsh countryside. It also has several waterside streches along the two rivers with a stroll along the Llangollen Canal near Chirk to enjoy also. View Full Details>>
|Upper Ceiriog Trail||14 miles (22 km)||This is a circular cycling or walking trail through the countryside around Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog near Wrexham.
The trail takes you on a tour of the beautiful Ceiriog Valley with views of the River Ceiriog and a visit to the village of Pandy. For cyclists a mountain bike is advised as the trail is quite rugged in sections. View Full Details>>|
|Llandegla Forest||7 miles (12 km)||This large forest near Wrexham is a fantastic place for walking and cycling. There are 50km of graded, waymarked mountain bike trails. The trails range from nice easy family trails to more exhilarating downhill tracks. The Green Route is a leisurely ride around the pretty Pendinas Reservoir with views of the Clwydian Range. At the other end of the scale is the challenging Black Route with steep descents, large steps, gaps and drop-offs. The Blue route is a good one to try for people new to mountain bikers while the Red Route is for Intermediate riders.|
Walkers are also well catered for with a series of waymarked walks. Easy trail include one around the reservoir with views of Moel Famau. There's also a nice trail across the Ruabon moors where you can look out for the Black Grouse from the bird hides.
The forest has an excellent visitor centre with bike hire and a cafe.
The Offa's Dyke Path runs through the forest so you could pick this up to extend your exercise. If you follow the trail south for a couple of miles you will come to the lovely wooded gorge at World's End. View Full Details>>
|Waun-y-llyn Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Climb to the top of View Full Details>>|
|World's End Llangollen||2 miles (3 km)||Explore this beautiful narrow vale on this circular walk near Llangollen. The World's End Gorge is a great place for a walk with pretty streams, little waterfalls and attractive woodland. It's an atmospheric place with the area enclosed by the cliffs of Craig y Forwyn, Craig y Cythraul, and Craig yr Adar. |
The walk takes you through the delightful wooded gorge to the heather moors on top of the Eglwyseg Mountain. As such it's a nice varied route with wonderful views of the River Eglwyseg and the surrounding Welsh Hills with lots of interesting flora and fauna.
This route is designed for walkers but the area is also popular with mountain bikers. See the video below of cyclists on the Horseshoe Pass for details!
The Offa's Dyke Path runs past the area so you could pick this up and head north to the nearby Llandegla Forest. You could also start the walk from Llangollen and follow the trail through the beautiful Vale of Llangollen to World's End. The area is also only a few miles west of Wrexham. 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>>