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The Cross Foxes and River Dee

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The Cross Foxes and River Dee
Author: pubwalker, Published: 21 Sep 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walkstar1 The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walkstar1 The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walkstar1 The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walkstar0 The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walk
Wrexham, Erbistock
Walk Type: River or lakeside
The Cross Foxes and River Dee
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walk boot The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walk boot The Cross Foxes and River Dee pub walk
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A 5.5 mile circular pub walk from the Cross Foxes in Erbistock, near Wrexham. The Cross Foxes is a wonderful pub sitting high on the banks overlooking the River Dee. The walking route heads east over pastures and through woodland to reach the nearby village of Overton, before returning along the banks of the beautiful River Dee. A lovely walk with chance to explore the classic farmland of this part of North Wales, plus the picturesque, peaceful, meandering River Dee.

The walk follows a mixture of field and woodland paths alongside the River Dee, all of which can get very muddy so good waterproof boots are a must (along with a change of shoes for the pub!). If the River Dee is in flood (after periods of heavy rain) some of the paths can be flooded so do not attempt the walk at these times. There are several climbs and descents throughout and you will need to negotiate several gates plus seven stiles. Many of the fields are likely to be holding dairy cattle and these showed some aggression towards our dog, so this isn’t a walk we’d recommend for dog walkers unless you are very confident around cattle. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from the Cross Foxes pub, which is situated on the A528 Wrexham Road just a couple of miles north of Erbistock. Approximate post code LL13 0DR.

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Walk Sections

Start to Ansey Park Farm
Start to Ansey Park Farm

Start point: 52.978 lat, -2.9634 long
End point: 52.9878 lat, -2.9521 long

From the pub car park, cross over the road with care and then turn right along the pavement. Follow this over Overton Bridge with the River Dee running far below. Continue up the hill and past a red brick farmhouse. Immediately afterwards turn left down the lane marked as a ‘no through road’. Follow this pretty lane between hedgerows for some distance.

You will pass the property called Dol Goed, and then follow the track as it swings right passing another pretty brick cottage on the left. Just a few paces later, immediately before a large oak tree, turn right through a wide farm gate (Note: you are likely to come across dairy cattle from this point so take care, particularly if you have dogs with you). Keep left through an open gateway and you’ll see the footpath sign to your left (hiding behind the oak tree). Stay close to the hedge line on the right through this long pasture. At the far end of the field you’ll come to a wide metal gate with the farm buildings of Ansey Park Farm to the left.

Ansey Park Farm to Dorlan Plantation
Ansey Park Farm to Dorlan Plantation

Start point: 52.9878 lat, -2.9521 long
End point: 52.9825 lat, -2.9258 long

Go through the gate and keep straight ahead along the left hand edge of this next cattle pasture. Pass through the next gate and after just a few paces the hedge line on the left, swings away to the left. At this point keep straight ahead through the centre of the field (heading for the left-hand edge of the furthest hillside woodland on your right).

Keep ahead as the field narrows and you’ll come to another metal gate at the end. Pass through this to join a section of woodland path, with the River Dee now visible through the trees to your left. Soon you’ll be walking alongside a section of particularly majestic, tall, straight poplar trees. At the end of the woodland section, pass through a kissing gate and keep straight ahead through the next pasture (again likely to be holding cattle), keeping along the left-hand edge alongside the river. At the far side you’ll reach a stile into the next section of woodland, the Dorlan Plantation.

Dorlan Plantation to Argoed Lane
Dorlan Plantation to Argoed Lane

Start point: 52.9825 lat, -2.9258 long
End point: 52.9764 lat, -2.9272 long

Once over the stile, fork right to take the path heading steeply uphill, passing diagonally through the woodland. Take care on this path as it can be very slippery when wet. At the top, pass through the gate and turn right along the right-hand edge of this field. Cross the stile into the next field and cross this at 11 o’clock, heading for the left of the farmhouse visible ahead.

Towards the far corner (before you reach the farmhouse), turn left over a stile, and then turn right following the right-hand field hedge line. When the hedge ends (and a wall begins), go right out through a metal gate and turn left along the farm access lane. After just a few yards you’ll come to a T-junction with the road, Argoed Lane. Argoed Lane has its own claim to fame. In 1939 Miss Wybergh of Argoed Lane (but previously of Overton Hall) joined the ATS (the women’s branch of the Army) at the age of 69, but saying she was just 55. She is thought to have been the oldest serving ATS member in the country. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours of 1945.

Argoed Lane to Sleeper Bridge
Argoed Lane to Sleeper Bridge

Start point: 52.9764 lat, -2.9272 long
End point: 52.9702 lat, -2.9425 long

Turn right along Argoed Lane. After just a few yards, turn left over a stile marked with a footpath sign for Bangor Road. Cross straight over this field and take the stile on the opposite side out to Bangor Lane. (Note: if for any reason you don’t want to take this path – like excess mud, stile height or cattle! – you can continue along Argoed Lane and there are two more footpaths, via gates, which cross to Bangor Lane, so take your pick).

Turn right along the grass verge alongside the lane and follow it into Overton village. (Take care of any traffic and cross the road when necessary to stay on the widest verge). Once within the village keep ahead on the pavement and follow the road into the centre of the village. At the end of Turning Street you’ll come to a T-junction with the main road. Turn right (signed to Wrexham and Ruabon).

You’ll pass a pretty row of terraced cottages, known as Dispensary Row, with their distinctive arched doors. Continue on the pavement, passing the playing fields and heading out of the village. Look out in the hedge line on the left for a footpath sign. Cross the main road with care to take this, passing through a metal kissing gate into woodland.

Keep straight ahead on the stone path swinging left and heading downhill. Half way down, the path swings right and heads through the centre of another majestic section of tall trees. As you emerge from the woodland you’ll come to a sleeper bridge with a stile just beyond.

Sleeper Bridge to End
Sleeper Bridge to End

Start point: 52.9702 lat, -2.9425 long
End point: 52.978 lat, -2.9634 long

Cross the bridge and stile and then take the right-hand of the two footpaths, passing through the centre of the field (again you may come across cattle here). After just a little distance you’ll be following the path along the grass banks with the River Dee immediately on the left.

The River Dee rises in Snowdonia and flows for a total of 70 miles. Beyond this point if flows through the city of Chester and then flows out to sea via the Dee Estuary (which forms the north-easternmost section of the North Wales coast and the western coast of the Wirral).

At the end of the field, pass though the gateway and follow the track through the edge of woodland (with the river still on the left). Pass through the next gate and keep right following the woodland edge on the right. Beyond the next gateway take the left-hand of the two paths (the level path close to the hedge-line on the left).

The path continues through the next gate into woodland with the river once again visible on the left. Continue through a section of pine forest and you’ll emerge through a gate into another open field. Keep ahead along the left boundary and in the corner you’ll hear the roar of the river water rushing over the weir. (There’s a small path down to the left if you wish to see this up close). Bear right and follow the fence-line on the left as it climbs and winds along the field edge.

After passing a couple of properties on the left, turn left over the stile and you’ll come to a T-junction with the main road. Turn left for a few paces, then cross over with care to join the pavement on the opposite side. (You should now recognise this section from the outward leg). Continue for just a short distance to reach the Cross Foxes for some well-earned hospitality.

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2 responses to "The Cross Foxes and River Dee"

A real favourite walk of mine mixing fields forest hills and dales with village life and a good pub for lunch. Beautiful to picnic on the river bank. Kids love this walk

By Lyndslee on 2015-05-30 09:27:12

22/10/16: We walked this route last week. Section 4/6 where instructed to cross the farmers field at an 11'o'clock angle the field has been cut off by the farmer (I think to grow grass and keep walkers off it) with electric fencing. You can follow an alternative marked footpath. Instead of 11 o'clock across the field, keep ahead of you as if toward the farmers rear access gate until you'll notice a footpath sign on a gate to your right. Follow this through and over gates and keep going straight (as you can) until you get into a field that is just past the annoying farmer's yard, so you can look back on the yard. Turn left in the field and head to the road infront of you, this brings you out in the road you need to be on. A few back traced footsteps left back on yourself and you should be able to rejoin the intended route.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you so much for letting us know. We have reported the problem to Wrexham Council public rights of way team to see if they can help get the obstruction removed...

ADMIN UPDATE 10 Nov 2016: Wrexham Council Public Rights of Way team has contacted the landowner and inspected the path yesterday and they are pleased to let us know that the electric fence is no longer there...

By chappie on 2016-10-23 11:46:55

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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