Erddig French meadow walk through Emes' pleasure park

Walking trail

Erddig's French meadow trail is a 3.5 mile circular walk taking you round our red waymarked route through a mix of riverside paths, a meadow and woodland.

Discover our natural lake and wetland wildlife

With over 30 ponds on our estate, the lake in the French meadow was formed in the 1980s by subsidence caused by coal mining. Today it is a beautiful oasis for a wide variety of birds, mammals and invertebrates.

Dog walkers nearing Erddig's Dovecote


Map showing Erddig's red circular trail route


Erddig car park


Start by the dovecote and walk east through the coach park, continuing straight on to the stony track. On your right you’ll see the dead oak tree (Quercus robur) home to barn owls and a myriad of invertebrates.

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Erddig dovecote on an autumn morning


Follow the path round to the left and past the ha-ha, where if you look westwards (to your left), you will see the back of the house, the canal water feature and a glimpse of the 18th century formal gardens. The elaborate wrought iron gates from Stansty Hall, thought to be constructed by the Davis brothers, were installed at Erddig in 1977 when the house opened to the public.

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View through Erddig's Stansty gates west towards the house and gardens


Continue along the path and enter Big Wood.

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Entrance to Big Wood showing waymarker with 3 trails on in dappled shade


Follow the path round to the left and take the right hand path, following the way markers.

Erddig waymarker sign in Big Wood


At the next set of way markers turn right and continue along Lime Walk, taking advantage of the stunning views across French Meadow, following the course of the Clywedog River below you.

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A canopy of lime trees form Lime Walk at Erddig


At the end of Lime Walk go through the kissing gate onto the road. Take care when entering the road as there is a blind bend. Turn left and make your way down the steep road over the bridge and towards Sontley car park.

Waymarker and warning sign for blind bend on road


At the car park, turn left and go through the kissing gate into French meadow and continue straight across the fields, passing through a wooden farm gate half way along. In winter this route is quite wet, so an alternative is to walk through Coed-Y-Glyn Wood beyond the car park and follow the footpath to the left.

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Erddig Omega sign by the French meadow


Continue through our French meadow until reaching the stone footpath of Erddig Road, turning left over the stone bridge.

Family on stone bridge in parkland at Erddig


Continue straight along the footpath, following the course of Black Brook and over a second stone bridge.

A family pausing to look over the stone bridge at Erddig


A little further on, head over the wooden bridge on your right and towards the 'Cup and Saucer' water feature.

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See the Cup and Saucer waterfall designed by William Emes


Staying on the left hand side of the cup and saucer water feature, head through the wooden kissing gate, following the red waymarker sign. You'll follow the course of Black Brook through fields commonly used for grazing our Shire horses, particularly in the summer months.

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Erddig red waymarker sign with the cup and saucer water feature behind


After going through the second kissing gate, go straight across the field, to an opening in the woodland through another kissing gate and up a gentle slope.

Nordic walkers on Erddig estate


Turn right and walk 100 metres along the main drive and then turn left, heading through a kissing gate onto Green Lane footpath.

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Erddig red walking trail waymarker sign


Continue along the footpath, bearing left as you go through a wooden gate. You will notice many wooden structures just off the footpaths in this area; these were used for the cross-country element of the Welsh National Horse Carriage Trials that used to take place on the estate annually.

Erddig red trail footpath along Green Lane


Passing Sontley Lodge Farm on the right, continue along the stoned drive and head through a kissing gate on your left into Forest Wood and head straight down the central track.

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Erddig red trail through Forest Wood


Turn left when reaching Forest Drive and go over the cattle grid at the bottom.

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Erddig red waymarker pointing towards Forest Drive


Turn right and follow the edge of Forest wood back up to the dovecote.

Red waymarker sign on Forest Drive at Erddig


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Erddig French meadow walk through Emes' pleasure park

How to get here

Erddig car park
By road

Signposted frm A525 on the Whitchurch road; From the A483 exit at junction 3.