Moss Valley Country Park is situated between Gwersyllt and Brynteg, three miles north of Wrexham. The V-shaped valley has woodland with oak and beech trees, as well as two small lakes and areas of open grassland. The valley provides a rich habitat for wildlife and is particularly noted for its birds.
Moss Valley has an industrial past, and was once a major coal mining area. In 1973 the spoil heaps were reclaimed, but amongst the tranquil woodland and meadows, evidence of the old railways can still be found.
Pathways run through the park, often following old tramways and railway lines that were once used to extract the coal and sandstone from the valley. Although the coal mines have long since gone, the small sandstone quarries still exist offering excellent wildlife habitats hidden away amongst the trees.
The Moss Valley Fishing Club uses the lake by the main car park. You can get membership details and purchase day tickets at Deggy’s Fishing Tackle, 2 Ruabon Road, Wrexham.
Horse riders / cyclists can use the path along the old railway line.
There are two car parks near the lakes, but no toilet facilities.
Dogs are welcome at Moss Valley Park but must be kept under control. Please remember that failure to pick up dog waste is a serious offence with fines in operation.
Both walks are looping routes, which include steps, some uneven ground, gradients or narrow sections of pathway.
Valley top woodland walk
1. Starting at the car park, across the road from the play area you will see steps up through the woodland. Climb the steps and turn left at the top.
2. Following this pathway you will see evidence of historic quarry works at intervals on your right, and looking left you may glimpse the lake below you through the trees. You will come to some steps, go up these and continue left on the track through the woodland.
3. Next you will reach some steps down to the valley floor. Go down these then turn right onto the path, cross the bridge then take the looping path to the right that passes the bench and up the bank.
4. At the top of the bank turn left onto the wide path that skims the top side of the valley. Follow this path until you emerge onto a narrow lane. Be aware of passing vehicles as you turn left and follow this lane back down to the hill until you see the car park where the walk began.
Old railway walk
1. Starting at the main car park, with the angling lake facing you, walk left through the metal barrier. Stay on the path closest to the lake, crossing the weir via a small bridge.
2. Carry on down this side of the lake, just to the corner where looking left you will see some steep steps. Climb the steps, and turning left at the top of these, you will come across one of the old railway bridges.
3. Walk under the railway bridge, turn left up the steps and follow the path back onto the top of the bridge.
4. Walking left along the path, you’ll cross a small bridge. Follow this path until you reach the end.
5. Where the path ends at the metal fencing, turn right down into the woodland, then immediately left onto a road by a small bridge.
6. Be aware of passing vehicles as you walk down this road back to your starting point in the main car park.
Friends of Moss Valley
Moss Valley has an active friends group who meet regularly and work alongside the staff to improve and maintain the park for all its users. Each month the group meets in the park to carry out practical conservation tasks within the park.
For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page: Friends of Moss Valley (external link).
Moss Valley Country Park
Leave the A483 at the Mold turning. At the roundabout turn into Summerhill Road, and follow the yellow signs to Moss Valley Golf Course. Then take the third left into Poolmouth Road. Park between the lakes.