Battle of Crogen circular walk

Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF

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Great Oak at the Gates of the Dead 

Great Oak at the Gates of the Dead

Looking over the old deer park © National Trust

Looking over the old deer park

Chirk Castle in sparkling sunshine © National Trust/ David Lock

Chirk Castle in sparkling sunshine

Route overview

Find the 'Gate of the Dead' and Battle of Crogen on this circular walk from Chirk Castle. Walking along Offa's Dyke you will stumble across 1,000 years of history and conflict.

Route details

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Map of Battle of Crogen circular loop walk from Chirk Castle along Offa's Dyke and back to the castle.
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Chirk Castle car park, grid ref: SJ267384

  1. Exit car park, through Home Farm, turning right when at the road.

    Show/HideBattle of Crogen

    The Battle of Crogen took place in 1165 near what is now known as Castle Mill in the Ceiriog Valley and led to a defeat for the forces of Henry II against the combined might of the Welsh princes. The 1,200-year-old oak, near Chirk, Wrexham, has a 34ft (10.4m) circumference trunk and is thought to date back to the reign of King Egbert in 802. The tree is thought to have been spared by King Henry II.

    Great Oak at the Gates of the Dead © Crown copyright and database rights 2012 Ordnance Survey 100023974
  2. After 100 yards, turn right following the path through the woodland.

    Show/HideWoodland wildlife

    The parkland was recently designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its importance as a habitat for rare invertebrates, lesser horseshoe bats and grassland funghi. It is also of special interest for being one of the best examples of ancient wood pasture and parkland in Wales.

    Looking over the old deer park © National Trust
  3. Continue over stile to follow the white marker posts, walking down the right side of the field to the B4500.

    Show/HideChirk Castle

    Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I that's still lived in today. Features include the medieval tower and dungeon, grand state apartments and award-winning gardens. Stunning views look out over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

    Chirk Castle in sparkling sunshine © National Trust/ David Lock
  4. Do not cross the road, turn right for 10 yards (9m) then take the track to the right.

  5. After 500 yards (457m) turn right at the fork, heading uphill with the woodland on your right.

  6. Continue uphill, passing a farm, for another 600 yards (548m).

  7. Take the right track via the signposted metal kissing gate into the field following the marker posts. Continue through the fields.

  8. After 250 yards (229m) go through the metal kissing gate, heading to the left of the houses.

  9. Turn right through the next kissing gate, taking the National Trust path to the right of the houses.

  10. Continue to follow the path through the field back to Chirk Castle car park.

End: Chirk Castle car park

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 3 miles (4.8km)
  • Time: 2 hours to 3 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 255
  • Terrain:

    Easy but steep terrain, mixture of woodland paths and country tracks. Suitable shoes advised especially in wet weather. Dogs on leads welcome.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: Permissive footpaths from Chirk and Offa's Dyke Path open all year round. Entrance and exit drives during the season 1.5 miles (2.4km) to the main car park

    By bike: Ceiriog Cycle Network, see Sustrans for details

    By bus: Wrexham to Oswestry route to Chirk 1.5 miles (2.4km), see Traveline-Cymru for details

    By train: Chirk 1.75 miles (2.8km), see Traveline-Cymru for details

    By car: Off Ruabon A5 to Chirk, follow signs to Chirk Castle, postcode LL14 5AF

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