Sarah dug around for some straight forward reasonably close dog walks and found this little gem in Nant Mill near Wrexham. Not only is it super easy but it’s a great circular walk too.
Nant Mill Visitor Centre, Rhosberse Road, Coedpoeth, Wrexham, LL11 3BT
Shop selling drinks, snacks, ice cream and gifts (open seasonally)
School parties by arrangement
Toilets / Disabled Toilets (open seasonally)
Click here for a full screen link to the route. (OS Embed is a bit buggy)
Nant Mill is near Wrexham, North Wales only 30-40 minutes from Wirral/Liverpool
I’d never even heard of it before which is unusual considering we scour North Wales a lot. Packed the kids and the dog and off we went. Nant Mill is located on the Clywedog Trail, which winds for eight miles through glorious countryside, from Minera Lead Mines and Country Park, through Plas Power Woods, Offa’s Dyke, Bersham Heritage Centre & Iron Works to the stately Erddig Estate.
The car park is free of charge and there’s a small visitor centre on arrival. It’s only small this place but perfectly formed. No chance to get into the visitor centre but we did speak to a lovely member of staff who gave us a rough idea on where to walk. We did a circular route which crossed over the stream/river that runs through the whole site a couple of times. Amazing ancient woodland surrounds you as you climb up and down the small river valley and the sun dabbles through the leaves making it feel quite fairytale like. We jumped a stile and walked alongside a few fields with sheep roaming in them. It levels out toward the midway point and is quite flat and easy going, the paths are graveled and easy to walk at this point.
Towards the midway we crossed the river again via stepping stones, the river is super shallow here so the kids can happily splash about a bit, worth taking wellies in the winter and a pair of crocs in the summer!
This leads you to the highlight of the walk – a smallish waterfall with a feeling plunge pool. We got there and there were a bunch of local kids jumping off into the pool. We were just about to join them when the tallest one !mentioned that he had to stop doing it because he kept hitting the bottom. Sarah was gutted – we’ll probably do it next time though.
Continuing on there’s a small knee height maze that the kids had a great time careering through, it’s peppered with some wood carvings too which they enjoyed identifying/climbing.
We got back to the car park and visitor centre (which had now shut) and had a picnic on one of the few benches there. The river runs alongside it and there’s a large grassy area to sit and listen. We all had a bit of a paddle but it was Super cold even in August.
Great place for a low energy walk, totally recommended. Check out the vlog from the day here!