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The Guide to the Maelor Way

The Council is pleased to announce the re-release of the best selling walking book – the Guide to the Maelor Way.

Whether you’re a regular rambler or a seasonal stroller, the Maelor Way can offer you enjoyable walking for an hour, a day or more. Centred on the rural southeast corner of Wrexham County Borough, the 24 mile long Maelor Way meanders gently through three counties.

It links six long-distance paths: the Sandstone Trail, South Cheshire Way, Marches Way and the Shropshire Way in the east with Offa’s Dyke National Trail and the Ceiriog Valley Walk in the Wrexham/Shropshire Borderland to the west.

The Maelor Way uses public footpaths, bridleways, quiet lanes and canal towpath to pass from Grindley Brook through unspoiled undulating countryside to Bronygarth in the shadow of Chirk Castle.

If you’re looking for rolling farmland with distant views to the Berwyn Mountains or the Cheshire Plain, steep wooded river valleys, the placid and picturesque Hanmer Mere, little-changed villages and hamlets and even a bit of the Llangollen Canal towpath, the Maelor Way is for you.

Though the Maelor Way passes through sparsely populated rural areas, it is possible with careful planning to reach several access points by public transport, giving the opportunity to walk sections without retracing your steps. Alternatively, there are networks of cross paths and lanes for those who prefer finding circular routes. The Way passes through, or close to, Bronington, Hanmer, Penley, Overton and Chirk and their general stores and public houses should be able to provide you with refreshments.

The Council has now acquired rights to the ‘Guide to the Maelor Way’, the indispensable book packed full of interesting information for anyone thinking of walking all or part of the route. To coincide with the re-release of the book, many stiles have been repaired or replaced. Following the route could not be easier, the distinctive waymarks appear on virtually every stile and gate.

The book is now available from the Tourist Information Centre at the new low price of just £1!

If you wish to order your copy over the telephone a postage and packing fee will be applied. Most credit and debit cards accepted for a small fee.

Those of you that have an old copy of the book may download the up-to-date list of amendments attached.