The Clywedog Valley Trail runs from Minera Lead Mines to King’s Mill. It is an easy to follow waymarked path along the river helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of this peaceful valley and uncover its rich history.
The River Clywedog has always been the lifeblood of the valley, watering crops and livestock since early times, powering corn mills and driving industrial machinery.
During the 18th and early 19th centuries the river was truly the powerhouse of the area, running 17 mills along its length – fulling mills to prepare cloth, mills for grinding corn and malt, and paper mills. Huge waterwheels powered the bellows blasting air into the iron furnaces at Bersham, and drove winding and pumping machinery in the lead mines.
The population grew dramatically as the industrial revolution drew workers to the Wrexham area, serving the rapidly developing coalmines, lead mines, limestone quarries, ironworks and lead smelting works. There was a never-ending demand for food to feed the rapidly increasing workforce. The fertile Clywedog floodplains had always provided rich pasture and corn but, to meet the increased demand, new corn mills were built and additional areas of woodland were cleared for growing crops. When steam power took over in late 19th and 20th centuries new industries no longer needed to be sited close to the river. New technology and cheap imports from overseas gradually saw the demise of the Clywedog industries.
Today the Clywedog has returned to nature but still plays an important part in the life of the valley, as a place for wildlife and relaxation. Several of the old buildings and surrounding land are now museums, visitor centres and riverside country parks – Minera Lead Mines, Nant Mill Visitor Centre and Picnic Area, Bersham Heritage Centre and Ironworks and Erddig Country Park.
Walking is relaxing and good for your health, so why not enjoy a walk exploring the Clywedog Valley. The trail is suitable for small children. Buggy pushers will have to be fit and able to cope with some mud and about 10 stiles. However, there are long stileless sections - phone Nant Mill for information on 01978 752772.
Wheelchair users with strong assistance could try the Nant Mill to Bersham section as far as Offa's Dyke, or possibly even further - see Walk 5 in the Disabled Access to the Countryside booklet for more information
For more information visit our Transport pages.
BUSES: Minera, Coedpoeth and Kings Mill are well served by buses. Telephone: Travel Enquiries on 01978 266166.
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