Alyn Waters Country Park
The largest country park in the Wrexham area, Alyn Waters is situated in the beautiful Alyn Valley and is currently a Green Flag accredited site. There are a variety of woodland, grassland and riverside walks throughout the Park helping you to explore the whole site. The Park is split into two either side of the River Alyn. The Gwersyllt side of the Park offers free parking, a visitor centre with café, gift shop and toilets including baby change facilities. The Visitor Centre also has fully equipped conference and meeting rooms to hire and a permanent exhibition on the history and wildlife of the Park. The Llay side of the Park has a large car park, children’s playground and a Local Nature Reserve. Throughout the year an exciting programme of events and activities, for children and adults is provided alongside a formal education programme which is available for schools and groups to book.
Admission and parking at Alyn Waters is free but donations to the Friends of Alyn Waters are welcome.
Dogs are welcome at Alyn Waters but must be kept under control at all times. Please remember that failure to pick up dog waste is a serious offence with fines in operation. Dog waste bags are on sale at the visitor centre.
During the 16th century the Park was part of a large country estate with Gwersyllt Hall as the focal point. The hall was eventually demolished in 1910 due to mining subsidence and in 1953 MacAlpines bought the land to open quarries on the Gwersyllt and Llay sides of the Park. Wrexham Maelor Borough Council bought much of the land in 1988 and designated the area as a country park in 1989.
The Park has a variety of surfaced and unsurfaced paths for you to enjoy. The paths range from short circular routes to longer routes through wooded areas and grasslands. Further information can be found in the Alyn Waters brochure which is available to download or pick up from the Visitor Centre.
Healthy Calorie Walks
The Park has 6 sign-posted, colour coded walks, of different gradients and distances. The routes have been professionally surveyed to measure how many calories are used to walk them. Leaflets are available from the visitor centre, and to download, to help you choose a suitable route.
The Park has a variety of paths for cyclists to enjoy. Starting at the visitor centre there is a 2 mile cycleway and sculpture trail which offers safe off road cycling for families. Cycling is a low impact form of exercise and is an ideal way to improve and maintain your strength and fitness levels.
Based in the Park is the Pedal Power Project managed by Groundwork North Wales, which aims to make cycling accessible to children and adults with a variety of disabilities. Pedal Power uses a range of bikes around a 1 mile circuit at Alyn Waters Country Park. To book a place please contact Pedal Power on 01978 757524.
The Gwersyllt side of the Park has a specially designed Trim Trail which contains a selection of different simple exercise equipment. The equipment is designed to improve your strength, stamina, balance and co-ordination. The Trim Trail is fun and easy to use. The balance and co-ordination equipment is especially suitable for the young, while the parallel bars and sit up benches will really tone up the grown ups.
The sand and gravel quarrying scraped away the rich topsoil but the poor subsoil has allowed the development of a rich meadow habitat, full of vetches, grasses, ox eye daisy and yellow rattle. In the summer, the common spotted orchid is an impressive sight as well as bee orchids and helleborines, some of which are quite rare. The variety of grassland and woodland together with the river offer a range of habitats. Species recorded at Alyn Waters include kingfishers, buzzards, kestrels, foxes, adders, grass snakes, smooth newts and a variety of bats.
Friends of Alyn Waters
The Friends of Alyn Waters are a community group who work alongside the staff to improve and maintain the park for all its users. For further details please visit the Friends link.
How to get there
Alyn Waters is located 3 miles North of Wrexham between Gwersyllt, Bradley and Llay. To reach the Visitor Centre take the A541 Wrexham to Mold road just outside Gwersyllt and look out for the brown and white signs. Postcode for the Gwersyllt side LL11 4AG. To reach the Llay-side, take the B5425 to Llay from Wrexham and before you enter the village of Llay look out for the brown and white signs. Postcode for the Llay side LL12 0PU.