Approx. 6 miles / 3 hours.
A variety of terrain – fields, lanes, outskirts of industry. Only really suitable from April to September as one lane, and some of the paths are liable to flooding, and it can be very muddy in places. Good boots and gaiters or wellingtons are needed.
St. Paul’s church was erected in 1829, and is considered a good example of earlier 19th century parish churches. Built in brown brick with lighter-coloured headers, and has an octagonal tower. South of this is an area of common land – Sutton Green which is wet and boggy that perhaps has prevented it from being developed; not far away is the confluence of the Clywedog and Dee rivers. The route goes around the eastern edge of the Industrial Estate with its gritty collection of businesses large and small.
Start Isycoed Church SJ405501
A gentle stroll south along the lane for 2.3 km to Sutton Green. On the eastern skyline the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge can be seen, and to the west is Minera Mountain. At the T junction, slightly to the left is a signpost for a footpath. This path is along a farm track, a bridge across the Clywedog River, and the path goes through a small mixed wood. On reaching a lane turn right, and then left along another lane. This is called Watery Lane and is prone to flooding in several places, and can be muddy. It eventually joins the Cross Lanes to Holt Road.
Turn left here and cross with care to another lane with cottages along one side, named on the map as Talwrn. This lane leads to several houses, becoming a very muddy and wet and unpleasant track; there may be cattle here. You again cross the Clywedog. The track ends at a fence, go through the gate and turn right along a fenced path – a field on the right, and a bank and fences to the left (here is the Berwyn Prison). This path may be wet in places. On reaching a narrow hard-surfaced road, turn left, continue for about 375 metres until you see a metal kissing gate on the right. Go through this, across a yard to a road – Oak Road. (Should the gate in the yard be fastened you can go back and continue with the narrow road, on meeting a major road turn right, then right again at the cross roads onto Oak Road).
Turn right, and continue along the pavement of this road for about 0.65 km; look out for the Ring Road sign, it is the road after the Abbey Road South.Turn left down the Ring Road, there is a pavement alongside, continuing for about 0.5 km to a foot path signpost. Turn right down this wide fenced in path. At its end it goes around the edge of wet pasture to reach a lane at Isycoed.
Slightly to the left on the opposite side is a signpost for a footpath. This crosses two fields to reach another lane. Turn right. At the next junction turn left, now you can see the church again; continue with the lane back to the church.
Room to park a few cars, but not on Sunday, Sutton Green is too wet to park off the road, there may be some roadside parking on the industrial estate.
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