Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North East Wales

12 Reasons You Should Visit North East Wales

Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North East Wales
Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North East Wales.

We think you’ll love North East Wales, which spans three beautiful, but very different counties: Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.

Where should you start your journey?

Beauty and Nature

1. Revel in True Beauty of the Clwydian Range

The Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the perfect place for a weekend walk to escape the city. This unmistakable chain of summits, many clad in purple heather moorland, is topped with Britain’s most dramatically situated Iron Age hill forts.

Right at the centre of the Range is Loggerheads Country Park, where you can experience amazing views on the circular Cliff Top Trail. A one and a half mile stroll along the River Alyn, through rich woodland and across limestone cliffs.

Views of NE Wales

2. Reach the untamed North Berwyn Mountains

Get your walking boots on and take a trek through one of the least populated areas in Britain, towards the untamed North Berwyn Mountains.

Get away from the grievances of everyday life by scrambling to the topmost peaks and soaking up the winter wilderness. From the ridges, you can see beautiful u-shaped valleys where Ice Age glaciers used to sit thousands of years ago.

3. Stay at a Country House B&B in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & World Heritage Site

Looking for a genuine alternative to a country house hotel? Geufron Hall offers four stylish and contemporary bedrooms which each have their own individual character, providing a home-from-home but with an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as your back garden.

With stunning views of the Vale of Llangollen, Geufron Hall is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site. Sit out on the paved terraces and explore the extensive gardens, after enjoying a freshly prepared breakfast with produce from local suppliers and the B&B’s own hens.

North East Wales landscape

Culture and Independence

4. Plas Newydd, Llangollen

Explore the history of Plas Newydd, a house in the town of Llangollen and the former home of the Ladies of Llangollen, Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby. The ladies lived in the historic house for nearly 50 years and today, it is run as a museum.

It also appeared in the 1989 BBC adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as the home of the wizard Coriakin.

5. Visit Edward I’s Welsh Castle

Another National Trust venue is Chirk Castle where you can experience a unique insight into Welsh history.

This magnificent medieval fortress is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I that’s still lived in today and features a tower and dungeon set against the backdrop of award -inning gardens.

6. Discover Erddig Hall

Widely acclaimed as one of Britain’s finest historic houses, National Trust property, Erddig Hall is a fascinating yet unpretentious early 18th-century country house reflecting the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years.

Set against a romantic landscaped park, you can uncover a treasure trove of secluded fine antique furniture and paintings and a must visit in North Wales.

Erddig Hall
Erddig Hall.

Family Fun

7. Go on a two-wheel adventure in Coed Llandegla Forest

For families and couples looking for some adventure, take part in a mountain bike trail or walk in Coed Llandegla Forest. Spanning 650 hectarres, Coed LLandegla Forest offers mountain biking trails suitable for beginners and family groups, more challenging routes for experienced bikers and a choice of picturesque walking trails.

8. Full steam ahead at Llangollen Railway

Take a trip on a heritage railway beside the historic Dee Bridge in Llangollen and journey ten miles through the picturesque Dee Valley.

Soak up the sights and sounds of yesteryear while passing through some of the finest natural beauty that North East Wales has to offer. From lambs in the spring to the multicoloured falling leaves of autumn, the views from the carriages are picturesque and ever changing.

9. Get creative at Ruthin Craft Centre

See and create contemporary arts and crafts in a building that is a work of art in itself, constructed from cast stone with a zinc roof.

Around the courtyard you’ll find the working studios of practising designer-makers where the creative process unfolds. Inside, gallery spaces show top works from home and abroad, and a retail space sells pieces of stunning jewellery, ceramics, glass, metalwork and textiles; all created by the country’s leading makers.

Foodie Discoveries

10. Experience a foodie trail in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Clwydian Range Food Trail is an exciting way to discover the gastronomic delights in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and go on a wintery expedition at the same time.

Perfect for foodies, this trail showcases some of the most spectacular views from Loggerheads through to the picturesque market towns. Visit the selection of award winning producers along this trail that are not to be missed for a well-deserved treat.

Leeky Cupcake, The Tea Rooms of Chirk
Leeky Cupcake, The Tea Rooms of Chirk.

11. Indulge in an afternoon tea at Chirk Tea Rooms

Home to the weird and wonderful Leeky Cupcake, The Tea Rooms of Chirk is situated in an old historic town in a building that dates back several centuries.

It is one of a small handful of original buildings within Chirk and its special character is truly unique. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, The Tea Rooms of Chirk have much to offer and some of the recipes have been handed down through several generations.

12. Visit one of the largest privately owned Organic Farms in the UK

The Rhug Estate in Denbighshire is one of the largest Organic Farms in the UK, privately owned by Lord Newborough.

Heaven on earth for foodies, Rhug’s award-winning farm produces the finest organic meat, as well as gourmet pies and pâté. Discover the Rhug Estate farm shop and collect a hamper of the finest organic meats and delicious, locally sourced produce. We will also book you a table at the Bison Grill, the restaurant nestled next to the farm that boasts a menu with a real focus on seasonal produce and fresh organic meat.

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