Picture of Loggerheads Country Park, Mold

The Williams family find themselves at Loggerheads

Four stars

What's the attraction?

An 80 acre country park, with a tree lined limestone valley, riverside walks and a history of lead mining.

The main paths are gentle, but you can be more adventurous and explore the steep cliffs with views over the surrounding countryside.

The park has a number of different activities, from a gentle stroll exploring the local wildlife to a heart-pounding abseil down the Devil's Gorge, or simply sitting and enjoying the stunning views with a picnic.

What's on offer?

Fresh air, beautiful countryside, stunning views and plenty of exercise.

There's a wide range of trails for walkers of all abilities, from well surfaced access, discovery trails and guided walks to longer way marked routes linked together to let you build your own adventure.

Many of the walks leaflets can be downloaded from www.denbighshire.gov.uk/countryside or you can telephone Loggerheads Country Park on 01352 810614.

How did you get there?

The park lies in the Alyn Valley, four miles west of Mold on the road to Ruthin.

How long did you stay?

We stayed for about three and a half hours, but it's up to you how long you stay depending on how energetic you feel.

Did you take a brolly?

We managed to dodge the showers, and although the weather, probably does not affect the more experienced of walkers, I am sure most families will take a quick glance at the weather forecast before they plan their day out here.

What did you do there?

We all went for a gentle stroll round the Country Park on the banks of the River Alyn, before heading out of the park through woodland and past caves to the Devil's Gorge.

It's about a 30 minute walk from the Countryside Centre, cross the bridge near the Outdoor Shop and follow the signs. It's an impressive limestone canyon at a mine entrance.

You don't have to be a competent map reader, as routes are clearly identified and easy to follow.

The path network is maintained to a particularly high standard and resting points are dotted around the area for the less experienced and weary walker to watch the world go by and re charge their batteries.

How much did it cost you?

They say the best things in life are free; well that's the good thing about the park. The walks and most activities do not cost anything. However, there is a pay and display car park on site. It cost us £1.30 for 4 hours. (There is an extra charge for the abseiling activity)

How about food and drink?

We stopped for a well earned rest at Cafe Florence, near the entrance of the park.

The building has undergone a major refurbishment and now sells a range of quality teas and coffee, soups, lunches, traditional Welsh and English afternoon teas, homemade cakes, ice creams and snacks.

Much is homemade, seasonal and locally sourced. We opted for a variety of bacon and sausage baps and potato wedges.

Plus hot chocolate drinks with whipped cream and marshmallows. It's just as well we were going to walk it all off afterwards.

There is also the nearby pub, We Three Loggerheads, which is only across the road from the park. This looked a very popular attraction with many walkers on a busy weekend.

Are there any shops?

There is a small gift shop at the visitors centre and we also spotted a shop selling out door clothes by the abseil activity centre.

Is it ok for kids?

The New Interactive Countryside Centre gives visitors an insight in to the history and life within the Park. It has been described as "interactive, vibrant and fun and aimed at people of all ages, especially families."

The staff at Loggerheads Country Park also provide a wide range of events and activities, from archaeology to dry stone walling, from bug hunts to pottery and from close encounters with owls and buzzards to medieval re-enactment.

Information on country shows, walking festivals, Forest Schools and the free Out & About leaflet with a whole year of family activities, guided walks and practical tasks from loggerheads.countrypark@denbighshire.gov.uk or 01352 810614

Can people with disabilities get around?

We saw a disabled toilet at the countryside centre and cafe. There are a few gentle walks that may be accessible to some.

What were the best bits?

Everyone goes to Loggerheads for the breathtaking country-side walks, we were no different. The thing I enjoy with the park is you can take a different route every time.

You can follow the course of the tranquil River Alyn before trekking up the man-made steps and stones to enjoy panoramic views of the Clwydian Range.

I swear we took a different route back through thick woodland and towering trees before heading back over the old stone bridge to the water mill.

James and Rachel were particularly in awe of the famous Devil's Gorge. As we watched, a few brave souls vertically drop into the 120ft overhang, armed with nothing but the use of a few ropes.

Opening times?

The park is always open. However, the centre is open until September Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5.30pm.

Loggerheads Country Park, near Mold, Denbighshire. Phone 01352 810614 (Weekdays) 01352 810586 (weekends and holidays), email loggerheads.countrypark@denbighshire.gov.uk.

Download walks from www.clwydianrangeaonb.org.uk

We we disappointed at the lack of dog waste bins and fresh water was not available outside the cafe it was dirty so it was good that we took our own…

comment by Jan Turnock - 23/09/2011 06:25

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