Loggerheads Country Park
Loggerheads Country Park is a very special place, rich in wildlife and heritage, and an ideal Northern gateway for visitors wishing to explore the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley.
A network of waymarked footpaths radiate 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 Local Nature Reserve. Walking guides and maps are available from the Clwydian Range Centre next to the car park.
Loggerheads sits below the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Alyn Valley where the river enters steep wooded gorges and open and secluded grasslands.
Limestone influences all parts of the park and the nearby hamlet of Cadole. It has not only shaped the appearance of the landscape but also influences the plants that grow here, both the flower-strewn grasslands on the clifftops and the damp riverside woodlands.
Limestone also drew industry to the area. The rich mineral veins in the rock were extensively mined for lead during the 18th and 19th centuries and Cadole was built to house the miners.
The lovely limestone scenery has inspired artists – including the father of British landscape painting Richard Wilson – and attracted large numbers of visitors for generations.
Crosville buses brought thousands of visitors from Merseyside between the 1920s and 1970s and the area continues to draw visitors today.
The focal point of Loggerheads County Park is the Tea Gardens, bounded by the River Alyn on one side and by Caffi Florence, the Clwydian Range Centre and restored mill buildings on the other.
Here visitors can sit and picnic or enjoy a snack from the café, and there’s space for children to play.
There are two circular trails for visitors to explore – a short, fully accessible riverside trail and a longer 1.5-mile route along the riverside and up through the woods to the top of the limestone cliffs.
Today Loggerheads is many things to many people. A place of adventure for families to explore. A place to get close to wildlife and experience the scenic beauty of the area. Or simply a place to get away from it all and unwind.
Car Parking Charges: All day Car Parking £5
4 hours parking £2
2 hours parking £1
Want to know more?
Loggerheads Country Park, Ruthin Road, Nr Mold CH7 5LH.
Tel: 01824 712757
Grid ref: SJ200628.
The Clwydian Range Centre is packed with information for visitors, literature and displays about the area as well as gifts for every occasion and is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
Caffi Florence is open every day and serves Fair Trade drinks, ice creams, homemade soups, lunches and traditional afternoon teas. Tel: 01352 810397.
Loggerheads Riverside Trail map
A printable map of the 1km route along the River Alyn through Loggerheads Country Park.