- Start: Chirk Bank, car park next to the canal – Grid Ref SJ292371
- End: Chirk Bank, car park next to the canal – Grid Ref SJ292371
- Country: England
- County: Shropshire
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: OS Explore Sheet 240
- Difficulty: Easy
What better way to work off the excesses of the Christmas celebrations than with a bracing ramble?
What better way to work off the excesses of the Christmas celebrations than with a bracing ramble? This leisurely walk round the outskirts of Weston Rhyn, taking in part of the canal towpath, fields and tracks and with excellent views of the Chirk Aqueduct around Weston Rhyn was devised by Clive Lagarde.
It is one of 18 rambles contained in the book Favourite walks around Oswestry and the Borders, compiled by the Oswestry Group of The Ramblers. The walks take in outstanding countryside and are between four and six miles in length, ranging in difficulty from leisurely to strenuous.
MAP: OS Explore Sheet 240
START POINT: Chirk Bank, car park next to the canal Grid Ref SJ292371
The car park is just by Bridge 21 over the canal and just off the canal towpath which, at this point, is a private access road for properties just along the canal
DISTANCE: 4.7 miles (7.6 km)
DURATION: 2.5 hours
TERRAIN: Field paths and quiet lanes
The settlement of Weston Rhyn dates back to the Domesday Book. Many of the Victorian buildings in the centre of Weston Rhyn were built as housing for the miners serving the North Shropshire coalfields. Today the surrounding modern housing estates provide homes for commuters.
The area just to the north around the Shropshire Union Canal (Llangollen branch) provides an attractive area for walking and forms the last part of this walk. Chirk Aqueduct, built between 1796 and 1801 by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, carrying the canal over the river Ceiriog, is 70 ft high with 10 arches. The viaduct runs alongside. Moreton Hall to the south of the canal, once a fine old mansion, is now an independent girls school.
1. Cross over the canal bridge and at 100m turn right through the kissing gate onto the Ceiriog Trail. Go along the path and cross two stiles either side of a track. Continue along the path across to the field edge then follow the fence to the railway (GR 287371).
2. Taking great care, cross the railway and follow the hedge to cross a stile on the right into a wood. Follow the path to reach a minor road (at this point you leave the Ceiriog Trail). Turn left and walk up hill for approximately 400m to a stile on the right (this is just before a minor road comes in from the left (GR 284367).
3. Cross the stile into paddocks then go up to a stile at 200m, over the stile and follow the fence on your right through a low pedestrian tunnel to a minor road. Cross the road, go left and go over the stile on the right, then take the path to the left up the hill to the wood. Go through the wood and straight across a field to a stile. (If you look to your left you will see a stone circle; its not ancient but worth a look.) Go over the stile onto the road (GR 277363).
4. Turn left and walk down to Weston Rhyn where, at the junction, cross over
into Vicarage Lane. Continue to the Tjunction, then cross over a stile immediately opposite the junction and continue on to a railway crossing (GR 293355).
5. Follow the path over the railway to a five-bar gate. At this point the path follows the fence on the right for 100m to a stile on your left. Cross the stile and follow the hedge-line to a bridge, then continue over the school grounds to a petrol station (on the A5). Turn left here to pass behind the station and cross a stile alongside the canal. The path leads along the edge of a golf course with the canal on the right, then passes through a small industrial area to a road with a bridge on the right (GR 296362).
6. Cross over the bridge and take the towpath to the left and follow this path back to the car park. Half way along the canal path you will pass The Poachers Pocket. There is some erosion on the towpath so please take care with children.