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View of Chirk Castle in Wales.
Chirk Castle, Wrexham | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Battle of Crogen circular walk

Find the Gates of the Dead and the site of the 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. This walk is part permissive, so is available April to September only.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Chirk Castle car park. Grid ref: SJ267384

Step 1

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

Step 2

After 100 yards, turn right and follow the path down through the woodland. This is a permissive path open from April to September.

A gate at the entrance of a permissive path at Chirk Castle surrounded by leafy, green woodland.
Entrance to permissive path on Battle of Crogen walk, Chirk Castle | © Jon Hignett

Step 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.

Step 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 after 10 yards (9m) then take the track to the right.

A large, dead oak tree on Chirk Castle estate with woodland in the distance on a grey, winter day in Wrexham.
A 1,000-year-old oak tree at the Gates of the Dead at Chirk Castle, Wrexham | © National Trust/Jon Hignett

Step 5

After 500 yards (457m) turn right at the fork and head uphill with the woodland on your right.

Step 6

Continue uphill, passing a farm, for another 600 yards (548m).

Step 7

Take the right-hand track via the signposted metal kissing gate into the field following the marker posts. Continue through the fields.

Step 8

After 250 yards (229m) go through the metal kissing gate and head to the left of the houses. Continue along the fields. There is a fantastic view of Chirk Castle on your right.

Step 9

Turn right through the next kissing gate and take the National Trust path to the right of the houses.

Step 10

Continue to follow the path through the field back to Chirk Castle car park.

End point

Chirk Castle car park. Grid ref: SJ267384

Trail map

Battle of Crogen walk at Chirk Castle map
Battle of Crogen walk at Chirk Castle map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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