Find space to explore on the Chirk estate
Take a walk on one of our trails around the fascinating 480 acre parkland, and discover a working landscape full of ancient trees, wildflowers, birds and insects.
What is there to see?
Bisecting the estate is a section of the remarkable 8th century defensive earthwork Offa's Dyke, built by King Offa of Mercia to mark the ancient border with the kingdom of Powys. When you drive into the car park at Chirk you will cross Offa's Dyke, although you may not notice - William Emes levelled vast sections of it as part of his uncompromising work on the parkland. A fantastic section of the dyke still exists in the medieval deer park, which is accessible from March to September along a permissive path.
A series of estate walks cross the estate, allowing keen walkers to explore both our landscape and history. Either take a trail map from the Ticket Office, or follow the trail boards and trail markers along the different trails.
The Davies Gates
These fantastic Baroque gates, usually the first thing any visitor to Chirk Castle will see, were comissioned by Sir Richard Myddelton in 1712, and made by two local blacksmiths, Robert and John Davies using iron from the Myddelton forge at Pont-y-blew. The gates originally stood near the north face of the castle, but William Emes moved them in 1770 to the current visitor entrance, and they were move again in 1888 to their current location when the railway arrived.
" The ancient trees across the estate provide a rich habitat for many species and it's vital we look after them so that they're around for years to come."
This ‘Segway experience’ is run by local company Segtrek, who take 1 hour 30 minute guided sessions across the Chirk estate throughout the day on weekends, and on weekdays. Booking is all handled through their website www.segtrek.net.