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Waen y Brodlas Lime kilns, Brynford

Waen y Brodlas Lime kilns
It is a fascinating place to visit for those that are interested in history. The limekilns once produced large amounts of hydraulic lime (aberdo limestone) used for building the docks at Liverpool, Birkenhead and Belfast, and the bridges at Menai and Runcorn. The main aberdo quarry was at Pant-y-pydew, where this impressive block of five kilns remains. The peak production of lime was between 1860 and 1880, with business declining in the 1890’s, finally closing in 1914. The kilns which fell into disrepair have since been restored.

address: Brynford

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Etna Park, Buckley

Etna Park
A former clayhole and landfill site now a country park which is an ideal destination for a family walk.

There is a free car park on globe way just off Liverpool Road.

The tarmac pathways make it ideal for buggies and scooters. If you are feeling more energetic you can join the 3 mile Buckley Heritage Trail here.

address: Globe way, Off Liverpool Road, Buckley

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Buckley Swimming Pool, Buckley

Buckley Swimming Pool
Situated on the Elfed High School campus Buckley leisure centre offers a 25 metre pool. There is good changing facilities for families. Male and Female disabled changing facilities and disabled pool hoist also available. There is a small viewing area with vending machines.

website: go to site

tel: 01244 546458

address: Mill Lane, Buckley CH7 3HQ

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Buckley Heritage Trail, Buckley

Buckley Heritage Trail
There are various entry points for this great family friendly walk. It will take you about 2 hours to complete and will lead you accross a variety of terrain including fields, parks and woodlands. Etna Park is a good place to start as there is a free car park. Copies of the Town Heritage Trail leaflet can be picked up free of charge in Buckley Library. There are a number of information boards and waymarkers to guide you along the walk.

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address: Various entry points around Buckley - see downloadable leaflet on council website

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Buckley Library, Museum and Gallery, Buckley

Buckley Library, Museum and Gallery
Located in the centre of Buckley inside the shopping precint, Buckley library is a decent size and offers many services. As well as having a good stock of books to loan, there are also CD's, DVD's and audio books. There are free computers to use with internet access.The childrens section has a lovely seating area for you to enjoy browsing the books with your children. The first floor hosts the museum and gallery which has lots of exhibits that explore the history of the town. Free parking is available off precint way.

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tel: 01244 549210

address: The Precint, Buckley, Flintshire CH7 2EF

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Waun Llyn Country Park, Caergwrle

Waun Llyn Country Park
A country park with a mix of industrial heritage, open countryside and farmers fields; that boasts breathtaking views. The Waun y Llyn quarry was worked in the 19th/20th century for its hard silica sandstone, which was carried down the hillside by trams to Coed Talon. The remains of the quarry are noticeable as are the remains of the tramway. Ramble through the heather and bilberry, stopping at the Toposcope, then walk down along the boardwalk to the pond.

address: A short distance from Hope, Coed Talon and Caergwrle, just off the A541 Wrexham-Mold road

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Caergwrle Castle, Caergwrle

Caergwrle Castle
Is a grade 1 listed, 13th Century castle. Park in the centre of the village and the castle is a short walk from this, up a steep footpath next to the town’s cenotaph; although tarmac up to a point, the footpath becomes a dirt track which may be difficult for wheelchair access. It is a pleasant walk through the woods and children will enjoy running around the small ruins. In the 16th century a quarry opened below the castle cliffs, digging so far into the hillside that part of the castle collapsed into it therefore there is a steep drop.

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address: Wrexham Rd, Caergwrle, Wrexham LL12 9DG

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Honey’s Bakery and café, Caergwrle

Honey’s Bakery and café
When in Ceargwrle an absolute ‘must’ is a visit to Honeys bakery and café. Tucked away next to Caergwrle train station is an absolute gem of a café. There is plenty of parking and both inside and outside seating alongside the pretty River Alyn. The menu is unusual but a real treat, and offers customers the opportunity to try a range of freshly baked brioche bread rolls and savoury buns stuffed and baked with an assorted range of interesting fillings. There are also tasty cakes and ice creams and a good range of drinks.

website: go to site

tel: 07443602696

address: Honeys Bakery Bridge End Caergwrle WREXHAM LL12 9DT

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Grosvenor Park, Chester

Grosvenor Park
Located next to the river Dee but in close proximity to the city Grosvenor Park is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours relacing with your family. The gardens are really well kept - there are a few benches scattered throughout but recommed taking a blanket as it can get busy when the weather is good. Plenty of open space to play games and there is a small swing park. The minature railway is a huge hit with the kids and is very reasonably priced - it takes you on a circuit round the lake.

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tel: 01244 402 397

address: Grosvenor Park, off Union Street, Chester

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Funky Town, Chester

Funky Town
Funky Town is a great indoor play centre based close to the centre of Chester. It offers a good sized climbing frame with the usual rope bridges, ball pits and slides.

There is a disco room and a more recent addition of a sensory room which is great for babies and toddlers. There are plently of comfy sofas for parents to relax and enjoy a coffee.

There are often special offers on so always best to visit the website to check before you visit. Weekends tend to be busy with birthday parties so bear this in mind.

website: go to site

tel: 01244377229

address: Unit 5, Grange Park, Grange Road, Chester, Cheshire CH2 2AN

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