8 reasons to visit north east Wales

Date Posted: 17/09/2014

Situated on the border, north east Wales spans three counties: Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. Here’s why you should visit this beautiful region.

1. Revel in the true beauty of the Clwydian range

The Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (pictured) is a great place for a walk.

This chain of summits, many clad in purple heather moorland, is topped with Britain's most dramatically situated Iron Age hill forts.

Right at the centre of the range is Loggerheads Country Park, where you can experience amazing views on the circular Cliff Top Trail - a mile and a half stroll along the River Alyn, through woodland and across limestone cliffs.

2. Take a boat trip across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal

Visit World Heritage Site, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal, to see what was the tallest canal boat crossing in the world when it was built in 1805.

Join a boat trip across the historic Pontcysllte Aqueduct, and along the Llangollen canal to take in views of the river Dee valley.

3. Go on a two-wheel adventure in Coed Llandegla Forest

For adrenaline junkies looking for some adventure, you can take part in a mountain bike trail or walk in Coed Llandegla Forest.

Spanning 650 hectares, Coed Llandegla Forest offers mountain biking trails suitable for beginners and family groups, more challenging routes for experienced bikers and a choice of picturesque walking trails.

4. Explore the mansion and gardens of Plas Newydd

Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst beautiful scenery, explore the mansion and gardens of Plas Newydd, whilst taking in the views of Snowdonia.

For those interested in the history of the country house, visit the military museum which contains relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey's tenure, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.

5. Discover Erddig Hall

Widely acclaimed as one of Britain's finest historic houses, National Trust property, Erddig Hall (pictured) is an early 18th-century country house reflecting the upstairs-downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years.

Set against a landscaped park, you can uncover a treasure trove of antique furniture and paintings.

6. See Edward I's Welsh castle

Another National Trust venue is Chirk Castle where you can experience an insight into Welsh history.

This medieval fortress is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I that is still lived in today, and features a tower and dungeon set against the backdrop of gardens.

7. Visit one of the largest privately owned organic farms in the UK

The Rhug Estate in Denbighshire is reportedly one of the largest organic farms in the country, privately owned by Lord Newborough.

There you’ll be able to discover the Rhug Estate farm shop and collect a hamper of some of the finest organic meats and locally sourced produce.

And you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a Rhug Estate farm walk, guiding you past the river Dee and by ancient hawthorn bushes and on to stunning views of Pont Melin-Rug.

Then get close to the bison, lambs, cattle and poultry that enjoy the very best living conditions, so that you can see for yourself the field to plate operation.

8. Experience a foodie trail in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Clwydian Range Food Trail showcases some of the most spectacular views from Loggerheads through to the quintessential market towns.

You can visit the selection of award-winning producers along this trail including fresh meat at Williams Butchers and chocolate at Denbigh Chocolate Shop.

These eight group travel ideas were compiled by North Wales Borderlands. Group travel organisers arranging a trip should visit the website for assistance and planning.

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