Battle of Crogen circular walk

Walking trail

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

Dawn view of Chirk Castle in Wales

Map

An OS map showing the route of the Battle of Crogan walk across the Chirk Castle estate, and beyond

Start:

Chirk Castle car park

1

Exit the car park, go past Home Farm, and turn right when you get to the driveway.

A group walking along the main estate drive at Chirk Castle

2

After 100 yards, turn right following the path down through the woodland.

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This image shows the gate to go through to get started on the Battle of Crogan circular walk

3

Walk down the path, continue over the stile, and follow the white marker posts through the field. This field used to be known as 'the chase' and is thought to have been part of the old deer park. There is a well preserved section of Offa's Dyke on your right. Continue to the bottom of the field and climb over the stile.

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A view down a section of Offa's Dyke on the Chirk estate where it descends to the Ceiriog Valley

4

Continue down the slope through the trees to the bottom of the valley. You will see the enormous Oak at the gates of the Dead on your left. This tree is believed to date back to the 11th century so would have been standing in 1165 at the time of the Battle of Crogen. There is also information about the Battle of Crogen further down the path on your left. Continue down the path. Don't cross the road, instead turn right for 10 yards (9m) then take the track to the right.

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The Oak at the Gates of the Dead stands in the Ceiriog Valley, near where the battle of Crogan was fought in 1165

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. Continue along the fields. There is a fantastic view of Chirk Castle on your right.

Dawn view of Chirk Castle in Wales

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

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Battle of Crogen circular walk

Terrain

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

Battle of Crogen circular walk

Contact us

Chirk Castle

Chirk

LL145AF

01691 777 701

chirkcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Battle of Crogen circular walk

How to get here

Address
Chirk Castle car park
By train

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

By road

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

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 bus

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

By bicycle

Ceiriog Cycle Network, see Sustrans for details

Battle of Crogen circular walk

Facilities and access

  • shop
  • snack kiosk
  • toilets