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Nercwys Forest, Gwernymynydd

Nercwys Forest
A forest walk full of lovely views and clearly signed, surfaced paths. The wide track meanders through the forest, avoiding major climbs and providing spectacular views over the Cheshire Plain and beyond. With a number of different paths to follow you can make your walk as long or as short as you want. The car park is not very big so soon fills up on sunny days and although there are bins in the car park, no bins are provided on the rest of the walk, so dog walkers beware! This route is a great place for families to safely enjoy cycling.

address: Gwernymynydd

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Alyn Waters Country Park, Gwersyllt

Alyn Waters Country Park
The largest country park in the Wrexham area.Walks are well marked out and colour coded to suit different abilities.

The circular walk is popular with families, the pathways suitable for scooters, buggies and bikes.

A trimtrail area, picnic area, visitor centre with toilet facilities make this a great destination for a free day out! Parking is also free!

website: go to site

tel: 01978822780

address: Mold Road, Gwersyllt, Wrexham LL11 4AG (Take A541 Wrexham to Mold - Gwersyllt look for brown signs)

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Halkyn Slate Quarry Walk, Halkyn

Halkyn Slate Quarry Walk
Unless you are local, you are unlikely to know about the walk into the abandoned Halkyn slate quarry.

It's a great one for kids with imaginations. There are lots of things to explore, there are different levels to climb and even a pond full of wildlife. A little more energetic is the climb to the top of the quarry which is better when there is no wind.

The views over to the Wirral are amazing. See if the kids can spot a lizard or two on the rocks.

address: Head for Halkyn and follow the signs for Brynford. It's on the left as you head out of Halkyn

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St Mary’s Church, Halykn., Halkyn

St Mary’s Church, Halykn.
The grade I listed church was completed by John Douglas of Chester in 1878. Made of local sandstone, it was given as a gift to the parish by the Duke of Westminster. St. Mary’s has some unique features, includng the use of “Halkyn marble”; quarried locally, it is a highly polished form of limestone containing thousands of fossils. The font, pulpit footing, pillars and parts of the wall at the chancel steps are made from this material. The church also has many beautiful stained glass windows, an attractive beamed ceiling and peal of 6 bells.

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tel: 01352781297

address: Halkyn CH8 8BU

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Old cemetary, Halkyn Church, Halkyn

Old cemetary, Halkyn Church
Adjacent to Halkyn Church are the ancient burial grounds of the old church, (pulled down by the Duke of Westminster for spoiling the view). Known locally as the ‘pirates graveyard’ because legend has it that a local privateer, who was caught and hanged for his piracy, is thought to be buried there. The Blue Bell public house, (built in 1700’s) just a little further up the mountain, was named after his boat The Blue Bell. Why not see if you can spot his gravestone or the old well St Marys Well (Ffynnon Fair).

address: Behind St Mary

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Trig point, Halkyn Mountain, Halkyn

Trig point, Halkyn Mountain
Trig points are pillar type triangulation points which were used to carry out the surveying for OS maps.The trig point at the pinnacle of Halkyn Mountain is 290 metres above sea level. On a clear day it is possible to see Blackpool Tower in Lancashire, about 50 miles away.In order to see the Trig point and take in the magnificent views you should park in Halkyn opposite Bluebell Inn at SJ 20948 70270. Follow the B5123 south for 200m, then take one of the various tracks NNW over access land past Windmill village to the summit.

address: Halkyn mountain

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Rhes-y-cae lime kilns, Halkyn

Rhes-y-cae lime kilns
It is a fascinating place to visit for those that are interested in history. There was a reasonably large limestone quarry here, along the Halkyn to Rhesycae Road. In 1879 Robert Jones obtained a lease for two and a half acres and opened a quarry and built a pair of kilns, which remain to this day. These kilns were in use until before the First World War. Great for a visit combined with a walk around the village of Rhes–y-cae.

address: Halkyn to Rhes-y-cae

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Bee hive caps Halkyn mountain, Halkyn

Bee hive caps Halkyn mountain
Halkyn Mountain is an Urban Common which means you can walk freely across it. Although the last lead mine closed in 1987 and all surface machinery was removed, if you know what to look for, you can still find evidence of the massive lead mining industry that was once here. The Common is covered with vertical mine shafts. Many dangerous open shafts were sealed in the 1980’s with stone and cement ‘beehive’ caps. Others are fenced off or have metal frames around them. When walking around the common look out for these ‘bee hive’ caps.

address: Halkyn mountain common

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Greenacres Animal Park, Hawarden

Greenacres Animal Park
More than just a farm park - loads to see and do including the opportunity to be hands on with the animals.

The park has zoo status so you can see a wide range of animals from monkeys, snakes to kangeroos.

Some activities carry extra charges,for instance tractor rides and fairground rides but at £6 child and £7 adult entry fee its good value for money.

website: go to site

tel: 01244533147

address: Cottage Lane, Deeside, Flintshire, CH5 2AZ

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Hawarden castle estate park, Hawarden

Hawarden castle estate park
A lovely walk through the beautiful tree-lined estate park. Enter through an unobtrusive stone archway in the town's centre. From the grounds it is possible to view the castle ruins and stroll around the park. The gates to the estate grounds are locked at 9pm in the summer and 7pm in the winter. Dogs are allowed to run free, unless livestock are grazing. Members of the public are welcome to walk in the park most days of the year, however the land is private and those visiting must adhere to the notices limiting areas of access.

tel: 01244531547

address: Hawarden Castle, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3PB

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