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Horseshoe Pass
Early morning mist over the Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen

Quick links to the region's country parks - and don't forget about the local nature reserves too.

Alyn Waters Country Park
Bee on foxgloves
Alyn Waters

Details: The largest country park in the Wrexham area, Alyn Waters is situated in the Alyn Valley. The park is in two halves. Within the Gwersyllt half is the Visitor Centre, hosting exhibitions on the history and wildlife of the area. On the Llay side of the park is a cycleway and Sculpture Trail. Access for wheelchair users.
Address: Alyn Waters Visitors Centre and Country Park, Mold Road, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, LL11 4AG
www.wrexham.gov.uk

Erddig Hall and Country Park
Erddig
Erddig

Details: Erddig needs little introduction. It's an atmospheric house, featuring 485-hectare (1,200-acre) country park and formal walled garden.
Address: Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YT.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Greenfield Valley
Basingwerk Abbey
Abbey ruins

Details: The park and museum is set in one and a half miles of woodlands with reservoirs, ancient monuments and industrial history. Abbey Farm Museum is the focal point of the country park and the reconstructed local farm buildings provide an atmospheric backdrop to the agricultural displays - and the ruins of Basingwerk Abbey are well worth a look.
Address: Greenfield Valley, Greenfield, near Holywell, Flintshire. Follow the A548 (Coast Road) to Greenfield where there is free coach and car parking.
www.greenfieldvalley.com

Loggerheads Country Park
Loggerheads
Loggerheads

Details: Set in the heart of The North Wales Borderlands in the county of Denbighshire, visitors can stroll through woodland, along the picturesque River Alyn, and follow nature trails leading to panoramic views. Loggerheads has a Countryside Centre full of information, displays and souvenirs.
Address: Loggerheads Country Park lies in the Alyn Valley, located four miles west of Mold on the road to Ruthin.
www.loggerheadsarea.co.uk

Minera Lead Mines and Country Park
Minera Lead Mines
Lead Mines

Details: Minera Lead Mines and Country Park offers a glimpse into the industrial past of the Clywedog Valley. The park is a starting point for the Clywedog Trail or the countryside of Minera Mountain.
Address: Minera Country Park, Wern Road, Minera, Wrexham LL11 3DU www.wrexham.gov.uk

Moel Famau Country Park
Moel Famau Country Park
Moel Famau

Details: Moel Famau Country Park is more than 2000 acres of upland landscape and one of the largest country parks in Wales. It forms part of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The landscape appears to be natural, but the forces of nature combined with human activity has produced the scenery seen today. The central feature of the park is the seven mile stretch of the Offa's Dyke National Trail running along the ridgeway. It takes about 40 minutes to walk to the Jubilee Tower along the Offa's Dyke Path.
www.clwydianrangeaonb.org.uk www.moelfamau.co.uk

Nant Mill Visitor Centre
Nant Mill
Nant Mill

Details: A country park nestling in an ancient woodland alongside the River Clywedog and offering an insight into the life of the Clywedog Valley, with a variety of displays. If you're equipped with a strong pair of walking shoes, the Clywedog Trail offers excellent access to some of Wrexham's best countryside. For youngsters there is a giant reconstruction of a mole tunnel, complete with worms! There is also an easily accessible stream and picnic site.
Address: Nant Mill Visitor Centre , Nant Road, Coedpoeth, Wrexham, LL11 3BT
www.wrexham.gov.uk

Stryt Las Park
sculpture
Bonc yr Hafod

Details: Stryt Las Park is home to one of Europe's largest colonies of Great Crested Newt. Now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the park is in a predominately wetland area dominated by a large lake and three small ponds - all fish free to allow the newts to thrive. A children's adventure playground has several attractions. Stryt Las is accessible for young and old alike. Situated on the B5605 between Rhos and Johnstown, Stryt Las is only minutes away from the A483 Wrexham bypass and easily reached from Wrexham town centre. Nearby is Bonc yr Hafod Community Park with its memorial to miners of the area.
Address: Stryt Las Park, Cwm Glas Road, Off Park Street, Johnstown, Wrexham
www.wrexham.gov.uk

Ty Mawr Country Park
Ty Mawr
Ty Mawr

Details: Ty Mawr Country Park, Cefn Mawr, offers some of the finest views in North Wales. Bounded by the dramatic stone built Cefn Viaduct, the park provides magnificent views over the Vale of Llangollen and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is within easy walking distance. Ty Mawr has all of the fun of the farm, where children can delight in feeding the animals, which include rare breeds of sheep. Ty Mawr is a base to access Offa's Dyke National Trail, the Llangollen Canal and the countryside of the Dee Valley.
Address: Ty Mawr Country Park, Cae Gwilym Lane, Cefn Mawr, Wrexham, LL14 3PT
www.wrexham.gov.uk

Wepre Park
Ewloe Castle
Ewloe Castle

Details: Wepre Park is a 160 acre woodland between Connah's Quay and Ewloe, Flintshire. The country park is on an ancient woodland site rich in wildlife and historical interest, including the supposedly haunted Ewloe Castle. The Ranger Service manages the area from the Visitor Centre and also organises a busy programme of events and activities.
Address: Wepre Park, Connah's Quay, CH5 4HR

Waun y Llyn Country Park
Hope Mountain
Hope Mountain

Details: A mix of industrial heritage, open countryside and farmers' fields with 360 degree views over to Liverpool in one direction and Snowdonia in the other.
Address: Off the A541 Wrexham-Mold road at Caergwrle, LL12 9HE.




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