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A father and son lean over the parapet of the stone bridge in the park at Erddig, Wrexham, Wales
On the bridge in the park at Erddig, Wrexham, Wales | © National Trust Images/Natalie Overthrow

Erddig riverside walk

Enjoy a short circular walk taking you round the green waymarked route on the 1,200-acre estate with an array of natural and archaeological features. Take in Erddig’s famous 18th-century Cup and Saucer water feature, designed by William Emes, and follow the River Clywedog along the bottom of Wat’s Dyke and Court Wood into the historic village of Felin Puleston.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Erddig car park, grid ref: SJ326481

Step 1

Begin at the dovecote and head down the main drive, past the 'No parking' area and cut through the small woodland past the Coachman’s tea-room.

The  round, brick-built 18th-century dovecote at Erddig, Wales, with its pointed tiled roof. In the background a low sun glints through the branches of a tree
Pass the 18th-century dovecote | © National Trust/Vicki Coombe

Step 2

Go past the white gates on your right and head down the steep tarmac hill around the west front of the house.

Step 3

Head through the wooden kissing gate and, if you’d like to see the unique 18th-century water feature, known as the Cup and Saucer, walk over the wooden bridge on your left.

Step 4

Retrace your steps back to the stone footpath, continuing over a stone bridge and along through the parkland.

Step 5

Follow the footpath, curving right and over a second stone bridge which then veers left across the grassed area to another kissing gate into Court Wood. Here is the point where the Black Brook meets the River Clywedog.

Step 6

Continue through the woodland, which runs parallel with the River Clywedog.

Step 7

During spring, Court Wood on your right has a spectacular array of English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), as well as being a good habitat for small birds and mammals.

Step 8

Continue along the narrow path through the woodland until you reach the Felin Industrial Estate and follow the path round to the left.

Step 9

Go through the kissing gate and over the bridge on your left into Felin Puleston car park.

Step 10

At the cottage turn left and through the kissing gate, continuing along the stone footpath to follow the course of the River Clywedog.

Step 11

Continue through two further kissing gates and rejoin the original path by the stone bridge.

End point

Erddig car park, grid ref: SJ326481

Trail map

Erddig riverside walk map
Erddig riverside walk map | © National Trust

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