Get Active - Walking, nature & country parks
Mold is nestled at the foothills of the Clwydian range, which marks the border between Flintshire & Denbighshire & which forms part of the Offas Dyke National Trail. The Moel Fammau country park has been designated and area of outstanding natural beauty since 1985. At 1818ft, Moel Fammau, meaning “Mother Mountain”, is the highest peak in the range, topped by the Jubilee Tower, offering stunning view for miles around.
At the gateway to the Clwydian range, Loggerheads Country Park & visitor centre (6 miles away) has a woodland walk following the river Alyn, with stunning limestone cliffs and features, along the Leete path to Devils Gorge, a natural rock fissure popular with climbers & abseilers.
Continue driving over the top of the mountain range for spectacular views and on into the pretty market town of Ruthin, with its own craft centre and Victorian Gaol & museum – well worth a visit!
Wepre Park is a 160 acres country park near Connah’s Quay (approx 6 miles away). The park is home to Ewloe Castle and contains a children’s playground, outdoor gym, football playing pitches and a visitor centre. Also home to the weekly Saturday Parkrun, a free weekly 5km run, reputedly the 3rd hardest parkrun in the UK. For those who like a challenge, don’t forget your trainers!
Llangollen & Pontcysllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site
Llangollen is a must see on your visit to North East Wales. Renowned for spectacular scenery on the banks of the River Dee, Llangollen has something for every visitor of all ages. From steam railways, to traditional horse drawn barges, outdoor pursuits and of course its International Eisteddod, an annual music festival attracting visitors from all over the world.
Llangollen is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along eleven miles of canal from Gledrid to the Horseshoe Falls via Tomas Telford’s spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. , which can be crossed on foot, by barge or even canoe. Not for the faint hearted!
Complete your day with a return drive over the horseshoe pass!
The Beaufort Park Hotel is located only 10 miles from historic Chester and there is plenty here to fill your day. Walk the Roman city walls, taking in the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old Cathedral, and of course the 700 year old “Rows” where you will find plenty of unique shops. Stroll by the river Dee, and perhaps take a river cruise on the Lady Diana https://www.chesterboat.co.uk/
Chester Zoo is the most visited zoo in the UK and is a conservation and education charity committed to preventing extinction. Treat the family to a weekend or mid week break, Our Zoo package includes a two night stay in a family room, 10% discount off food in the Arches bar, full Welsh breakfast and Zoo tickets for up to 2 Adults and 2 Children. Includes fast track entry to the zoo with a saving of 15% off the gate price!
Roman walls & amphitheatre
Park & ride
Holywell is a historic town, where visitors can stroll or sit in comfort and admire the architecture of more than 60 listed buildings or browse at the wares offered by nearly a hundred small and predominantly family-owned shops. Visit its museum, including the history of coal mining at point of Ayr, as well as various events & festivals throughout the year. Visit Holywell here
The town takes its name from St Winefride’s Well (or holy well), one of the seven wonders of Wales. The spring became renowned for its healing powers and throughout the centuries and even until today, pilgrims travel here in their thousands from all over the world to bathe in its waters and worship at its shrine that has become known as the Lourdes of Wales.
From the town centre, meander through the Greenfield Valley Heritage & Country Park, a 1½ mile-long linear park following the course of the Holywell Stream between the town and the estuary of the River Dee, where lie the remains of a number of historic mill buildings, many of which are by now scheduled ancient monuments. More recently, cottages, farmhouses, and even a Victorian school have been moved here stone by stone from other locations and carefully reconstructed and furnished as they might have been in centuries gone by. The park also boasts a farm museum. Visitors can also enjoy a number of meandering woodland walks and visit the imposing ruins of Basingwerk Abbey.
For the crafty, just a short drive from Holywell is Abakhan, an Aladdin’s Cave for Crafters. Famous for metres of fabric, remnants, crafts, wools, sewing, quilting & needlework. Classes can be arranged.
North Wales Coast
Beautiful beaches, pretty towns & castles, follow the stunning coastal scenery from Flint to Anglesey. Drive, or take in sections of the North Wales Coastal Path by bike or on foot. https://walescoastpath.co.uk/
Talacre beach is a large sandy beach with grade 2 listed lighthouse. Extensive dunes and plenty of space for dog walking and family fun.
In Rhyl, visit SC2 (Sun Centre 2). This amazing water park offers both indoor and outdoor water play for all ages and abilities. With breath-taking flume rides, beach style paddling and slides for all ages. https://sc2rhyl.co.uk/
Visit Prestatyn, Colwyn Bay, Rhos on Sea, Conway and of course Llandudno, the largest seaside resort in North Wales with its Victorian pier and long promenade.
Castles, Gardens & National Trust
As well as the well known North Wales castles of Conwy & Caernarfon, did you know there are lots of castles local to the hotel waiting to be explored, including Ewloe, Flint, Denbigh, Rhuddlan and Caergwrle castles.
Located on the way to Wrexham, Erddig Hall & Gardens is a National Trust property, where you can explore life above and below stairs in a unique family home that’s captured the way of life of a bustling household during the early years of the last century, and one of the most important surviving 18th century gardens in Britain. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig
Chirk Castle run by the National Trust is a magnificent medieval fortress. Woodland walks & gardens and even segway hire. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle
Bodnant Gardens spans 80 acres of hillside and includes formal Italianate terraces, informal shrub borders stocked with plants from around the world, The Dell, a gorge garden, a number of notable trees and a waterfall. Famous for its Laburnum Arch, the longest in the UK, which flowers in May and June. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden