This is a gentle six-mile circular route starting at our base of Chirk Castle. It is offered as a led walk with our knowledgeable local Ramblers group for those who would like a challenge but are less confident at map reading or as a self-led walk for those who are a little more confident.
The route leaves Chirk Castle passing across its beautiful pastures with views back to the Castle before descending on a gentle track to the B4500 to the Ceiriog River. The bridge here marks the point of the Battle of Crogen 1165. There is a short climb up the road, passing some old kilns and enjoying views back across the valley to Chirk Castle, before joining a path which descends through Pentre Wood to the banks of the Ceiriog River. Following the river firstly through a field and onto the road you’ll cross back over the River Ceiriog onto the opposite bank. From here you’ll get great views of the Chirk Aqueduct and flood plain of the River Ceiriog. Passing under the aqueduct and railway bridge you can admire the architecture of Thomas Telford as it towers 21 metres above you.
Continuing along the banks of the river you will join the road and with a short climb join the Llangollen Canal. You will walk along the towpath towards Chirk and over the aqueduct viewing it from a different perspective and have the opportunity to stand on the Wales / England border. After a short road walk, you’ll pass through a small woodland on the banks of the canal through a field and re-enter Chirk Castle estate and its beautiful grounds passing ancient trees and returning to base for a much-deserved tea and cake.
Sturdy footwear recommended.
As a signed up participant you'll receive:
And your Big Welsh Walk medal when you complete the walk!
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Approximate start time: 11:00am
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