Let the outdoors move you at Erddig

Beautiful landscapes are the perfect setting for improving physical and spiritual well-being. Our Welsh sporting partnership is getting more people to benefit from the great outdoors.

The sport partnership which started in 2015, the first of its kind in Wales, is getting people active outdoors using the beautiful outdoor spaces that the National Trust in Wales cares for. Special places like Erddig.

" We are all aware that an increase in physical activity can help to improve people’s health and wellbeing and can also stave off some chronic health problems. Providing more opportunities for everyone to participate in physical activities while enjoying the wonderful settings of some of the National Trust’s iconic sites in Wales can only be a positive thing. "
- Deputy Minister for Culture, Sports and Heritage, Ken Skates

Beginner running

Erddig Muddy trainers is a twice weekly beginner running group and they hold sessions every Saturday, meeting at 10am at the Ticket Office and Wednesdays at 6pm from Felin Puleston.  The group is very supportive and welcoming, suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners.

Nordic walking

Nordic walking sessions led by our volunteer Nordic walk leaders are held regularly too. Sessions are on Saturdays at 10am and Wednesdays 1:15pm and meet at the Ticket Office.  All abilities are welcome and poles are provided or bring along your own.

Whatever the season, be inspired to get active outdoors at Erddig.
Nordic walkers at Erddig

Erddig Parkrun

The Erddig Parkrun goes from strength to strength with over 180 runners (and sometimes their four-legged friends) each week for the 5km run through our 1,200-acre Erddig estate.  Organised and led by a fantastic Erddig Parkrun team of volunteers, it is a great way to start the weekend and take in the surroundings.  

If you don’t feel like taking up the run, perhaps join us as a volunteer marshall. Find out more by visiting the Erddig Parkrun website. The run starts and finishes outside the house and there is what has been named the ‘erddig hill’ to challenge yourself with.  Dogs on leads are welcome at our Parkruns. 

Join an Erddig Parkrun and get active outdoors, whatever the weather
Erddig Parkrun participants waiting at the start of the race

Activities are free

All activities are free, the Nordic walkers and Muddy trainers do have a donation bucket that helps to support the purchase of new equipment but there is no requirement to contribute.


The restaurant at Erddig is open on all activity days, including Parkrun, where you can treat yourself to a crumpet or bacon bap after your morning exertion!
Contact katie.rees-jones@nationaltrust.org.uk  01978 315179
 

The programme provides opportunities for families and beginners to enjoy being active in some of Wales’s most scenic and spectacular outdoor spaces.

 

Across Wales a total of seven pilot special places (Erddig, Chirk Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Llyn, Dinefwr Park, Stackpole and Tredegar House) are offering a range of activities for local communities to take part in and discover National Trust places in a very unique way.

Discover 1,200 acres of parkland at Erddig
Two walkers by Dovecot on Erddig's estate

From running across the rugged cliffs of Barafundle to Broadhaven South at Stackpole, to weaving through the woodland areas of Erddig, Chirk and Penrhyn Castle, the project is providing something for everyone and all abilities.

" We want to help everyone make the most of our incredible open-air spaces, and one of the best ways to enjoy and connect with our great outdoors is by being active in it. By broadening the range of activities we offer, we'll be a big step closer to helping as many people as possible to get outside, get active and enjoy themselves. "
- Justin Albert, National Trust Director for Wales

Talk to our estate and garden team and they’ll extol the benefits of being outdoors at Erddig. And you don’t have to be breaking into a sweat to benefit.

“It’s not just about taking exercise,” says Glyn Smith, Head Gardener at Erddig. “Just relaxing and enjoying gardens and the countryside is better than sitting in front of the television or computer.”