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Journey through the Ceiriog Valley

"Gateway to the Berwyns"

Discover the mysteries of this hidden valley and enjoy the natural beauty of this special place.


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Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley

a brief guide... following the River Ceiriog from high in the Berwyn mountains to the historic border town of Chirk

...includes part of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site.

The Ceiriog begins as a trickle under the Berwyn ridge, which rises to 830 metres at Cadair Berwyn, and rapidly becomes Wales’ fastest flowing river. The Berwyn peaks are crowned with Bronze Age monuments and are crossed by ancient routes linking the Ceiriog with the Dee and Tanat valleys.

Downstream, the river powered some of the earliest mills in Wales where loose weaves made on farmhouse looms were made into firm woollen cloth. From Tregeiriog to Chirk, there were mines and quarries on both sides of the river where slate, silica, dolerite, chinastone, coal and limestone were extracted. The Glyn Valley Tramway transported the mineral produce out of the valley and carried passengers too. The dust cleared and the noise ceased over 50 years ago and trees grew over the heaps and industrial buildings.
At Chirk, the Ceiriog flows under Robertson’s viaduct and Telford’s aqueduct and continues through tree banked meadows before joining the river Dee. Telford completed this aqueduct one year before his Pontcysyllte aqueduct at Trevor in 1805. The whole canal system and its two aqueducts were recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2009.

This peaceful borderland has been farmed for thousands of years and is home to a rich diverse wildlife. You are likely to see a buzzard gliding overhead and may have a lucky sighting of a red kite or a peregrine falcon. In spring and summer you will see masses of wildflowers, butterflies and bees. It was not always so peaceful! Offa’s dyke and Chirk castle were built in turbulent times. A great oak growing on Offa’s Dyke is old enough to have witnessed the battle of Crogen in 1165. Later, in the 18th and 19th centuries much of the area echoed with the sounds of industry.

As you explore you will follow in the footsteps of drovers, quarrymen and miners along old sunken tracks and hedgerow lined paths. You might unknowingly chance upon a spot where King Henry II’s troops trudged through the valley. Centuries of history, farming and industry are woven into the Ceiriog Valley’s beautiful landscape. So beautiful that prime minister Lloyd George called it...

dipyn bach o'r nefoedd a'r y ddaear

a little piece of heaven fallen to earth

There is a good choice of accommodation in the area. Please contact one of the following Tourist Information Centres for details:
Wrexham – 01978 292015
Llangollen – 01978 860828
Oswestry – 01691 662488

A selection of walking/riding/cycling leaflets are available. Please check our website regularly for details of downloads as they become available.

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This site is sponsored by a voluntary, non-profit making organisation: Chirk & Ceiriog Valley Partnership.

It's aim is to encourage visitors to enjoy this hidden rural retreat where they will find peace, tranquility and beautiful scenery.

Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley Partnership

c/o Robert Davies

01691 600310

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