Don’t let it all fly past in a green blur from your car. Whether you live in the county borough or you’re just here for a visit, there’s a much better way to get up close and personal with Wrexham’s countryside.
There are many miles of footpaths in every corner of Wrexham. In every conceivable landscape from woodland and river valley to windswept moorland and heathery mountain.
Get out there and explore.
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The secret valley
The B4500 is a very special road. Not that you’d guess it from the map. It begins just off the A5 at the town of Chirk and disappears only about 18 miles later into a network of narrow country roads.
It’s special because it runs the length of the Ceiriog Valley. Through a remarkable variety of landscapes – gentle pasture, woodland, sheer rock faces and glimpses of high mountain ridges and brooding moorland.
The valley is so beautiful, in fact, that Lloyd George called it “a little piece of heaven on earth”. And so miraculously unspoilt that travelling the B4500 alongside the trout-filled River Ceiriog feels like a journey into the distant past.
It certainly had the desired effect on Patricia Somerset, who visited from South London for a few days. Some walking, pony trekking and heritage sightseeing ensured a relaxing break.
“My job is stressful and I work long hours so this holiday was perfect,” says Patricia.
“The biggest decision I had to make was which beautiful place I wanted to visit that day. I was surprised how lovely it was – I couldn’t think how I’d missed the valley before. It has been a real discovery.”
Ceiriog valley walk
Lovely route that begins at Chirk railway station and finishes at the foot of the
Berwyn mountains in the village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog.
A 24-mile walk passing through or near villages like Bronington, Hanmer, Penley and Overton – which can provide a welcome pit stop. Not to mention a pint.
Offa’s dyke path
National Trail named after the spectacular earthwork built by King Offa of Mercia in the eighth century. The section through Wrexham includes the mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
Wat’s dyke way
Shorter and less famous than Offa’s Dyke, this 61-mile trail enters Wrexham at Overton and emerges in Alyn Waters Country Park before passing into Flintshire.