Hywel's Journey - Castell y Waun

Duration: 1 hour

Distance: 2.3 miles / 3.7 km

Start: SJ 267 382

End: SJ 286 373

Parking: There's a car park by the start of the walk: Chirk Castle Car Park, 1 Home Farm Cottages, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5AE. There's a car park by the end of the walk: Castle Rd, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5BS.


This walk starts from Chirk Castle Car Park. If you look towards the Northwest, you'll see Offa's Dyke (A). Walk towards the castle, ac you can walk around the gardens of Chirk Castle (B). On the south side of the Castle, join the public footpath through the Deer Park towards the South East. As you come out of the woodland, turn left towards the town. You'll reach Chirk Castle Gates (C).

With the gates behind you, walk straight towards the town. After passing the train station on your left, turn right and continue straight on the crossroads. You'll reach Chirk Aqueduct (Ch), which is the end of the walk.

You can walk the same way back to the start.

Points of Interest

A) Offa's Dyke

Grid Reference: SJ 261 388

Offa's Dyke is a large earthwork, which roughly follows the border between England and Wales. It is Britain's longest ancient monument. It takes the average walker about 12 days to walk the length of the path from one marker to the other.

B) Chirk Castle

Grid Reference: SJ 268 380

Chirk Castle was completed in 1310 as part of King Edward I's chain of fortresses across the north of Wales. It's now owned and managed by the National Trust.

C)Chirk Castle Gates

Grid Reference: SJ 281 376

The magnificent iron gates are dated 1719 and bear the coat-of-arms of the Myddelton family of Chirk Castle. They are the work of the Davies Brothers, Robert and John of Croesfoel Forge, near Bersham, Wrexham and were erected between 1719 and 1721.

Ch) Chirk Aqueduct

Grid Reference: : SJ 286 373

Completed in 1801 by William Jessop and Thomas Telford, the aqueduct is 710 foot long and carries the canal 70 feet above the beautiful River Ceiriog across 10 circular masonry arches.

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