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Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford

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Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford
Author: pubwalker, Published: 23 Sep 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford pub walk guidestar1 Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford pub walk guidestar1 Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford pub walk guidestar1 Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford pub walk guidestar0 Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford pub walk guide
Wrexham, Gresford
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford pub walk guide boot Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford pub walk guide
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A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Pant-yr-Ochain in Gresford, Wrexham. The Pant is a picture-postcard manor house with a long sweeping drive and majestic trees, overlooking a small lake surrounded by hills and hollows. The walking route performs a simple loop, following a quiet lane up to the centre of the village and then joining a path through open fields giving lovely views across the surrounding hills.

The walk has just a few gentle climbs and descents. The paths are generally firm but can get muddy in winter and after prolonged rain. Some of the paths are quite narrow and can be a little overgrown so shorts are not recommended (unless you’re immune to nettles!). Towards the end of the walk, the route crosses a dual carriageway. At some times of day this road can be very busy so, if you have the legs for it, it will be safer to retrace your steps the way you came (making your walk 5.5 miles in total). There are also a couple of sections of road walking so take care of traffic at these points. There is one stile (with a dog-sized gap alongside) on route plus a number of very tight kissing gates – be prepared to breathe in! There was no livestock on route when we walked but the grassy slopes have been used to graze sheep in the past, so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

Gresford is located just north of Wrexham. The walk starts and finishes at the Pant-yr-Ochain pub, which is on Old Wrexham Road, south of the village centre. The pub has its own large car park alongside. Approximate post code LL12 8TY.

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Walk Sections

Start to Vicarage Lane
Start to Vicarage Lane

Start point: 53.0735 lat, -2.9781 long
End point: 53.0849 lat, -2.9718 long

Leave the pub car park, following the entrance lane back to the road, taking a moment to appreciate the scale of the estate that would have originally been attached to the pub when it was a manor house.

There has been a building here since at least the thirteenth century but the current structure originally dates from the 1530s. The name Pant-yr-Ochain means ‘the hollow of lamentation’, which is hardly an appropriate name for a building devoted to eating and drinking. Originally it was called Pant Locyn, meaning ‘Locyn’s hollow’, Locyn being a popular medieval Welsh Christian name. Nothing is known of the Locyn after whom Pant-yr-Ochain is named, but he may have been one of the early Welsh settlers who came to the area in the early middle ages.

At the T-junction (alongside the old Gate Lodge), turn right along the lane, Old Wrexham Road, which is lined with beautiful old hedgerows providing a haven for lots of wildlife. Keep ahead (taking care of any traffic) through the vehicle width restriction and on the right you’ll see The Flash, a large lake. The artificial lake covers about 50,000 square metres and is used for sailing and water sports and is also a haven for wildfowl.

At the fork in the road, keep right signed to Gresford. Follow the quiet lane passing a handful of properties and several horse paddocks. Continue all the way to the junction with traffic lights at the end of Old Wrexham Road. Take particular care at this junction as there are no pavements. Turn sharp right into Vicarage Lane.

Vicarage Lane to Lake
Vicarage Lane to Lake

Start point: 53.0849 lat, -2.9718 long
End point: 53.0717 lat, -2.9658 long

Keep ahead passing Gresford Branch Library on the right and then, beyond the village houses, you’ll pass the gated entrance for Trewythen Hall on the left. Continue beyond the national speed limit signs, with a large open field to the right. At the end of this field, turn right down a narrow fenced public footpath.

Pass through a kissing gate and you’ll emerge into an open field. Keep straight ahead, staying close to the right-hand hedge and pass through a kissing gate set within a hedge gap at the opposite side. Immediately after this gate turn left, following the left-hand edge of this next field (being used to grow tall majestic sweetcorn plants when we passed through).

Cross the make-shift stile half way along (take care as this is a little wobbly) and keep ahead along the left-hand boundary. At the end of the field the path swings a little left to reach a kissing gate. Go through this gate and follow the path as it swings right through a section of scrub.

The path soon runs close to a wire fence on the right, with open fields beyond. Take a moment to appreciate the views which stretch out across the hills to the west. Pass through a further kissing gate and continue on the wider path with the fence running on the left. Beyond the grass banks is a quarry extracting sand and gravel. (The quarry and its fencing/tracks are a moving feast so if the directions from this point don’t match the actual gates/paths exactly, don’t worry, you just need to keep on the footpath, heading in a fairly straight line south).

At the top of the slope pass through the wooden gate alongside the wide metal gate into an open field. Keep straight ahead following the fence on the left. The field narrows almost to a point, pass through the kissing gate here to join the wide fenced grass track. On your right, beyond the hedges, you’ll see glimpses of a pretty sunken lake.

Lake to End
Lake to End

Start point: 53.0717 lat, -2.9658 long
End point: 53.0737 lat, -2.9779 long

The grass track takes you, via a kissing gate, to a crossroads with a tarmac track. Do NOT take the footpath opposite, instead turn right along the tarmac track which soon narrows to a fenced stone path. The path then widens to become a tarmac path between old hedgerows, the banks of which are riddled with rabbit holes.

Keep ahead as the path widens once again to become a tarmac lane, Barker’s Lane. Follow the lane as it swings right and you’ll come to a fork. Fork left and a few paces later pass through the staggered barrier to reach the main A5156 dual carriageway. Cross over the road with extreme care, using the designated crossing point. Don’t be tempted to rush, it is best to take your time and wait for a suitable gap in the traffic. If the road is too busy to cross, it will be safer to retrace your steps the way you came (making your walk 5.5 miles in total).

At the far side pass through the staggered barrier and follow the tarmac slope which leads you to a residential road. Cross over to join the pavement and bear right along the road. The road continues over the brow of a small hill and then gently descends, affording you more great views across the surrounding hills. Continue past the community school on the right and some distance later you’ll come to a small roundabout.

Turn right here, onto the cycleway signed to Rossett. At the end of the track swing right and then left to join the steps up to the footbridge across the dual carriageway. Come down the steps at the far side and turn right along the lane, Old Wrexham Road. You are now on the home straight, after just a short distance you’ll come to the Pant-yr-Ochain for some well-deserved refreshments.

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1 responses to "Pant-yr-Ochain and Gresford"

A good walk but a little too many busy roads or public places where the ever omnipotent dog walker lets the dog crap freely with no regard for others

By Lyndslee on 2015-05-30 09:17:15

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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