4 Miles, about 2½ hours
Easy, plenty of variation and interest. Mostly flat with stiles and gates, in places it can be muddy, and in summer one may have to walk through crops.
St Mary’s Church, Whitewell (also known as Iscoyd) is a whitewashed brick church, formerly a ‘chapel of ease’ (a more convenient place) for parishioners of Malpas in Cheshire. It is the only Welsh church in the diocese of Chester. The present structure was built in 1830s to replace an earlier timber-framed building. The spire and clock date back to 1898. The two wells (in the name) are to the south of the church. Nearby is large tumulus (twmpa), known as Waren Tump, it is probably a Bronze Age burial mound. A series of corn watermills were made along the Wych Valley, hence Llethr Mill and nearby Wolvesacre Mill. A war memorial opposite Iscoyd Park is set on Hall Green with seats for weary travellers.
Directions to starting point by car
Start Whitwell Church SJ495414.
Go through the wicket gate at the north west corner of the churchyard, and across a large field (NW) to a gate-way. Turn right at the lane, about 150 metres on turn left. The path is signposted, and along the way to Llethr Mill are waymarks for The Maelor Way and WW 7 (Whitchurch Walkers Route 7). The path follows the edge of fields (usually cropped), crosses a footbridge; from here a wood is on your right. The path descends a steep bank to a wicket gate by a cattle grid; turn right along this sealed lane. At the T junction turn right, and after a few metres turn left to cross a stile. This path passes through four field to reach Llethr Mill (these fields may be cropped at times).
Turn right and continue for nearly 1km along an unsealed track until you reach a lane where you turn left. The lane goes past one of the entrances to Iscoyd Park, and on your right is the war memorial. A few metres past the memorial turn right, and almost immediately afterwards turn left up a driveway. At the top of the driveway turn left through a gate by a cottage (from here to Whitewell church the path is marked by WW 7 waymarkers). Pass though the curtilage of the cottage with its stables, down through a paddock to a stile. There are two fields to cross which may be cropped.
On reaching a wood, go through a wicket gate down into a dingle, crossing a footbridge, the path bears right to a stile (please keep to the path as this wood is carpeted in bluebells). Cross this stile, across the paddock to a lane
Turn right at the lane, continue on to Whitwell with its brick community centre, then turn right through an ancient iron kissing gate. Down through a meadow, cross the footbridge, and you are back at Whitewell church.
There may be room to park one or two cars near the church. Another place to park is by the road junction in Whitewell just north of Broad Oak Farm
Please call traveline cymru on 0800 464 0000, text 84268, or visit traveline.info (external link).
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