Autumnal leaf colours on trees with hills in background at Loggerheads Country Park
Autumnal leaf colours on trees with hills in background at Loggerheads Country Park

Flintshire - Loggerheads Country Park

Lose yourself in the network of footpaths at Loggerheads Country Park

Loggerheads Country Park is a special place, rich in wildlife and history, which will delight your senses with sights, sounds, smells, and textures that change with the seasons. It’s an ideal destination if you’re looking to explore the sights of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley.

Loggerheads sits below the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Alyn Valley where the river enters steep wooded gorges, and open and secluded grasslands. The limestone substrate has not only shaped the landscape but also influences the plants that grow here, both the flower-strewn grasslands on the hilltop and the damp riverside woodlands.

Limestone drew industry to the area. The rich mineral veins in the rock were extensively mined for lead during the 18th and 19th centuries, and nearby Cadole village was built to house the miners.

There are a few walking trails to choose from but for a quick introductory stroll, try the circular Cliff Top Trail, which takes you on a 1.5 mile amble along the River Alyn, through rich woodland and onto the limestone cliffs with amazing views across to Moel Famau.

The focal point of Loggerheads Country Park today is the Tea Gardens, framed by the River Alyn on one side and by the AONB Information Centre, restored mill buildings and Caffi Florence on the other. Why not bring a picnic and stop here for a while or grab a snack from the café - and there’s space for children to play.

A network of waymarked footpaths expand out from the park – west to Moel Famau Country Park and Offa’s Dyke National Trail, north along the Leete Path to Cilcain and Devil’s Gorge, east to Cadole and Pantymwyn and south-east to Maeshafn and Moel Findeg Nature Reserve. Walking guides and maps are available from the Clwydian Range Centre next to the car park.