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!
Holwell 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, Famous for metres of fabric, crafts, wools, sewing, quilting & needlework. Classes can be arranged.
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!