Routes – Wales – Ty Mawr Walk

Length – 3 Miles ( options to extend or shorten )
Grade – Easy / Medium ( Steps up from base of aqueduct and up from river on return )
Terrain – Country park and riverside paths ( muddy in winter ) / Tow paths / Country lanes
Stiles – None
Start / Finish – Ty Mawr country park car parks.
Time – 2 to 3 hours. ( unhurried pace with stops )
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This is another of our favorite walks that begins at the visitors center at Ty Mawr country park near Wrexham, North Wales. This walk takes you from the wonderful country park along the river Dee to the base of Thomas Telford’s aqueduct and up into the basin and world heritage visitors center at Trevor. It is easy to extend this walk ( As i did in the video ) by adding parts of any of our other walks that start at the basin but it is just as nice to spend a leisurely afternoon walking the 3 mile loop at a slower pace to enjoy the surroundings. This route is not overly taxing but does include two climbs up well constructed staircases on good paths and with the exception of mid winter is usually good in most weathers. Note: At the time of writing this route has limited facilities due to covid19 restrictions as all country park facilities are closed at this time, however this will not be for much longer fingers crossed.

 

The start and finish point is at the Ty Mawr country park car parks ( pay and display ) The country park itself is a wonderful addition to my local area and has plenty to do especially for children with lots of animals to meet and adventure trails to complete ( links below ) The park also hosts several options for food and drink plus a gift shop. Once parked up walk through the visitors center and continue along the footpath through the forest towards the restored dove cote ( Note: The plaque on the dove cote is dedicated to a local soldier who was killed on peacekeeping duties ) and then onwards along excellent paths that skirt the base of the ruabon to shrewsbury railway line viaduct before turning to run parallel to the River Dee, this part of the country park is delightful with a myriad of wildlife ( including llamas in the fields ) and flora & fauna to seek out, the park is very popular and with good reason.

 

After roughly half a mile the path sees a split ( fingerposted ) with the left turn going downhill via a series of well cut steps and the right heading back up to the Ty Mawr center. You should at this point take the left turn and descend the steps to the flood plain alongside the river, a good footpath here takes you along the riverbank heading towards the distant pontcysyllte aqueduct. You should stay on this path all the way until you come to another junction ( fingerpost ) in the path, here you should again take the left hand spur which initially goes over a metal / concrete bridge and then onto the pump house ( monsanto’s ) pool, follow this path past the pool and onwards through the woods until you arrive at the base of the aqueduct which at this point will require you to take the right turn and climb the steps up towards the top of the aqueduct and past the visitors center into the basin.

 

The visitors center and various attractions are well worth spending some time visiting, you will find plenty to see and do and the basin offers plenty of food and drink options with several cafes and also the Telford inn adjacent to the towpath which also in normal times provides food. The visitors center is well worth a short visit and has an excellent museum which explores the local area and the design and building of  Thomas Telford’s amazing aqueduct.  There’s also a small gift shop and ice cream parlour on the other side of the canal basin. Once you have completed your exploration of the aqueduct and basin you should return to the top of the steps that brought you to the basin from the base of the aqueduct, here you should descend but only the first section of steps to where the path turns underneath the aqueduct arches. As you descend the steps you will notice a path / gate to your left ( fingerpost ) take this path through the gate and follow it until you come to a crossroads ( fingerpost ) where you should turn right and descend steeply down a large flight of stairs back to the river at the pool junction where you turned left earlier.

 

From this point you should retrace your steps back along the river towards Ty Mawr, our dogs particularly enjoy these fields and the adventures they bring them especially in the summer when the grass is high and full on hunts can be done.

This return journey will see you eventually arrive at the steps you descended earlier which look far worse than they actually are ( honest ) pace yourself here and they are soon conquered, once ascended you should take the left at the top and follow the path back which slowly curves around and ascends gently back to the country park and your start point where a good rest at the picnic area with an ice cream is almost compulsory as just reward for all your efforts from the day.

We hope you enjoy this walk as much as we do and with the exception of winter storms which can see the river flood the bottom fields ( please do not go down when the river is in flood as it can be dangerous when the river is out of its banks ) can be walked at any time of year and hosts excellent access and facilities at both ends, should you decide that the journey as far as the aqueduct basin was enough ( especially on a hot summer’s day ) a taxi back to your return point can be easily arranged from the Telford Inn while you enjoy some refreshments.

Further info:-

Ty mawr country park websites –    Ty Mawr Heritage site  / Country Park website
Aqueduct website –  Aqueduct visitors Center

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