Loggerheads Country Park
Loggerheads Country Park is a very special place, rich in wildlife and heritage. It’s an ideal gateway for visitors wishing to explore 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. 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 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 Cadole was built to house the miners.
However the lovely limestone scenery has also inspired artists – such as the father of British landscape painting Richard Wilson – and attracted visitors for generations.
The focal point of Loggerheads Country Park today is the Tea Gardens, bounded by the River Alyn on one side and by the AONB Information Centre, restored mill buildings and Caffi Florence on the other. Here visitors can sit and picnic or enjoy a snack from the café, and there’s space for children to play.
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.