Things To Do
If you have time to see more of the beautiful countryside that surrounds Castle Mill, the following attractions are well worth a visit. And if you’re en route, then perhaps you’ll pass a few of these little gems as you continue your journey.
The Chirk Trout Farm and shop (0.5 miles)
Chirk Trout Farm dates back to the 1890’s making it one of the oldest in Britain. Home of the smoked trout sausage, this riverside retreat has a wealth of lovely local delicacies to ensure you don’t go hungry on your travels around Wales! The Trout Farm sells the best piccalilli Eric has ever tasted and he has a standing order!
Chirk aqueduct and viaduct (2 miles)
These extraordinary parallel river crossings span the valley, taking the Shrewsbury and Chester railway into Chirk, and the Ellesmere canal a little closer to the lovely market town of Llangollen. Take a walk through the tunnel towards Chirk – where barges once had to be ‘walked’ through; the bargee laying on his back, and walking his feet along the tunnel roof to drive the barge through!
Chirk Castle (1 mile to walk, 3 miles to drive)
This magnificent 14th century fortress of the Welsh Marches and it’s stunning gardens and parkland is definitely worth a visit. And if you’re unable to spend the time, walk or drive past the Castle’s 1719 ‘pretty gates’ which bear the coat-of-arms of the Myddelton family of Chirk Castle.
The Offa’s Dyke footpath (literally on the doorstep!) and other walks
The Offa’s Dyke footpath crosses the valley at Castle Mill, continuing north to Prestatyn and south to Sedbury, near Chepstow. A wooded footpath leads up the Welsh valley side to the Castle grounds. And crossing the bridge to England and up the steep hill takes you towards numerous marked footpaths and bridleways .
Llangollen (6 miles ‘over the tops’, 12 miles on the main roads)
As well as the ruined Dinas Bran castle, the serene canal with its horse-drawn canal boats and the many gift and craft shops, Llangollen is home to the annual International Eisteddfod, Llangollen steam railway (where you can meet the real Father Christmas on the Santa Special every December!), the 13th century Cictercian Valle Crucis Abbey and Plas Newydd, where the famous Ladies of Llangollen