Chirk Castle woodland walk

Walking trail

This easy circular woodland walk has spectacular views of the parkland, and a little surprise in the middle. It is mainly on paths, but the last section is through open fields.

Enjoy a woodland walk at Chirk Castle

Map

A map of the Woodland Walk at Chirk Castle

Start:

Chirk Castle car park

1

Leave the car park and go up the hill towards the castle.

Enjoy a woodland walk at Chirk Castle

2

Go straight on, past a road off to your right.

Bring family and friends on a winter walk at Chirk Castle

3

Follow the footpath to the right, signposted to the woodland walk.

Go on a woodland walk at Chirk Castle

4

The Bird Hide is on your right, have a look inside to see what you can spot through the trees.

Visit the bird hide on a woodland walk at Chirk Castle

5

Bear left where the track forks.

Follow the footpath through the woodland at Chirk Castle

6

There is a gate ahead of you into the Deershed Wood. Either continue straight through and skip to point 8, or take the path down to your right to see a beautiful old Sweet Chestnut at point 7.

7

About halfway along the path on your left side you will see the Sweet Chestnut tree (pictured). This tree is about 8m (25ft) around, and dates from around the time of King Henry VIII - making it over 500 years old! After seeing the Sweet Chestnut retrace your steps back to the gate.

Discover ancient trees on Chirk Castle’s woodland walk

8

Go through the gate into Deer Shed Wood, and take the path directly ahead through the trees and up the slope. Look out for a small path on your right.

9

At the end of this path you will find the plinth where the statue of Hercules used to stand, overlooking the Davies Gates at the estate exit. After finding the plinth, head back to the main path and follow it along through Deer Shed Wood.

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The old plinth where the Hercules statue used to stand before being moved to the gardens

10

Go through the gate directly ahead, leaving Deer Shed Wood, and continue straight on across the field following the blue arrow markers.

11

When you reach the corner of the field, go through the kissing gate and turn left.

12

Continue straight along the field following the blue arrow markers up a shallow climb. Eventually you will be walking alongside the Pleasure Ground Wood on your left, and the estate ha-ha designed to keep livestock out of the formal gardens without needing a fence. Continue until you reach a gate by the driveway up to the castle on your left. To complete your walk go straight ahead to return to the car park.

End:

Chirk Castle car park

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Chirk Castle woodland walk

Terrain

Gravelled, earth and tarmac paths. Some exposed roots and uneven surfaces, with mild gradients. Some fields which may have livestock. Dogs on leads welcome.

Chirk Castle woodland walk

Contact us

Chirk Castle

Chirk

LL145AF

01691 777 701

chirkcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Chirk Castle woodland 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

Chirk Castle woodland walk

Facilities and access

  • Shop
  • Snack Kiosk
  • Toilets