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CYCLING & WALKING IN NORTH EAST WALES, CHESHIRE & SHROPSHIRE

MOUNTAIN BIKING AT COED LLANDEGLA FOREST - ONEPLANET ADVENTURE

MOUNTAIN BIKING AT COED LLANDEGLA FOREST - ONEPLANET ADVENTURE

Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire provide a range of very good riding experiences, from the quiet lanes criss crossing the rolling Cheshire Plain to the exhilarating mountain biking afforded by the Clwydian Mountain Range in North East Wales to the west of Wrexham. Coed Llandegla Forest is one of the biggest & best mountain biking centres in Wales with routes for all the family and the experienced biker (Pictured). Mountain bikes can be hired from Planet Adventure LL11 3AA. Tel: 01978 751656. planetadventure.com  The Clwydian Range provides the following routes; Coed Nercwys a multi user trail around Llyn Brenig, the Coed Moel Famau Loop and the Cilcain Short. From Llangollen you could take Route 26 , a circular ride, along the canal to the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct and then up 800ft on to the Panorama, a lime stone escarpment high above the Vale of Llangollen which provides beautiful views, and back to Llangollen (About 15 miles long) Check out the other routes at www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk. Closer to Worthenbury Manor are a number of Cheshire & Shropshire routes for example, Ellsemere Route 1 to Colemere and on to Welshampton & back (About 25 miles long), Ellesmere Route 2 Bangor on Dee to Penley on to Ellesmere and back to Bangor on Dee (About 23 miles long). There are also cycle routes around Whitchurch which might be of interest such as Whitchurch Route 3, we suggest you start at Worthenbury Manor cycle to Threapwood, pick up the route there, cycle on to Whitchurch and then back through Malpas to The Manor. For more local rides check out www.shropshiregreatoutdoors.co.uk and www.cyclinguk.org.uk.

WALKING IN WALES, CHESHIRE & SHROPSHIRE.

WALKING IN WALES, CHESHIRE & SHROPSHIRE.

North East Wales provides excellent walking opportunities at a number of Country Parks across the area. One of which is The Loggerheads Country Park. Mold CH7 5LH. Tel: 01824 712757. This has a Visitor Centre and provides walking and cycling in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty with limestone cliffs, wooded gorges, hills and a river. Moel Famau Country Park LL15 1US provides a number of walks, one of which is a circular walk to the top of the Moel Famau mountain. Ty Mawr Country Park Cefyn Mawr LL13 4PE provides walks along the river Dee with views of the Pontycysyllte Aqeduct. For more walks in this area of outstanding natural beauty check out www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk. www.visitclwydianrange.co.uk naturalresources.wales and www.mudandroutes.com. Also running through this area is the Offa's Dyke Trail. Another trail, this time in Cheshire, is The Sandstone Trail which runs from the Dee estuary to Shrewsbury, passing over the Bickerton Hill and around the castles of Peckforton and Beeston. More details at www.sandstonetrail.co.uk. There is a lovely 3 mile circular walk around the Bickerton Hill, a site of special scientific interest, which also takes in an iron age hill fort called Maiden Castle, heath land and woods. From the top of the hill there are views across the Cheshire Plain to the Clwydian Mountain Range and Moel Famau. Afterwards visit The Edgerton Arms or Bickerton Poacher for refreshment. More details at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/explore-the-diverse-landscape-of-bickerton-hill. For more waks around Peckforton Hill and the castles of Peckforton & Beeston check out the web sites, visitcheshire.com, iffootpath.com, gps.routes.co.uk. Walks around Whitchurch include The Whitchuch Waterways Country Park and the Brown Moss Heritage Site. More details of local canal walks go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk. Our local landscape has been carved out by glaciers from the ice age and the walks around Ellesmere take in some of these meres, mosses, and moraines. There is a lovely short 20 minute brisk circular walk around Colemere which passes through old woodland and along a canal. Afterwards visit Ellesmere and take refreshments at The Boathouse and watch the waterfowl. At Oswestry you will find Oswald's Trail which is 12.5 miles long and takes you round an iron age hill fort, past old lime workings, a defunct 17th century aristocrate's racecourse and a secret garden. For more walks around Shropshire towns go to www.shropshiregreatoutdoors.co.uk where you will also find details of The Shropshire Way and the circular walks along its route.

 
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