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Glasfryn and Gwysaney

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Glasfryn and Gwysaney
Author: pubwalker, Published: 25 Sep 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guidestar1 Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guidestar1 Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guidestar1 Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guidestar1 Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guide
Flintshire, Mold
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Glasfryn and Gwysaney
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guide boot Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guide boot Glasfryn and Gwysaney Pub Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular pub walk from Glasfryn in Mold, Flintshire. Glasfryn is a great Arts and Crafts pub which attracts plenty of locals and visitors and has stunning views from its sunny terrace. The walking route climbs high into the surrounding hills, passing through the beautiful Gwysaney Estate before descending into the nearby village of Soughton and on back to the pub. It’s a really rewarding walk taking you through classic Welsh hillsides and valleys.

There are several climbs and descents throughout and the route follows a mixture of stone tracks and grass field/woodland paths, the latter of which can get quite muddy so good waterproof boots are a must. There are a couple of sections of road walking so take care of any traffic. There are several kissing gates plus 7 stiles to negotiate and some of the stiles are enclosed with wire fencing so dogs may need a lift over. Some of the fields are likely to be holding sheep and horses so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2.5 hours.

Mold is located in Flintshire, just a few miles west of Chester along the A55. The walk starts and finishes from the Glasfryn pub on Raikes Lane. The pub has its own large car park alongside. Approximate post code CH7 6LR.

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Walk Sections

Start to Blackbrook Road
Start to Blackbrook Road

Start point: 53.1783 lat, -3.1388 long
End point: 53.181 lat, -3.1472 long

Leave the pub car park onto Raikes Lane and turn right along the pavement. Take the first road on the right, directly opposite the civic centre. Follow this quiet lane for some distance, taking care of any traffic as there are no pavements.

In the gaps within the hedge on the left you’ll have great views of the rolling hills to the south. After passing Blackbrook Farm on the left, you’ll emerge to a T-junction with Blackbrook Road. If you glance to the left you’ll see the small stream, Black Brook, from which the road takes its name.

Blackbrook Road to New Houses
Blackbrook Road to New Houses

Start point: 53.181 lat, -3.1472 long
End point: 53.1892 lat, -3.1597 long

Cross over to take the footpath opposite, passing through a wide wooden gate to join a stone track heading uphill. Some distance up the hill, pass through another gate which sits alongside the gated entrance to Tan-y-Wal.

At the top of the slope the track swings left passing the gates to Gwysaney Hall which you can see across the lawns to the right. Gwysaney Hall is Jacobean in the main having been built in 1603, but its wonderful front door bears the date 1640 and the initials RAD. Apparently the Davies-Cooke family, owners for the last 450 years, can retrace their origins to the royal house of Powys possibly as far back as 1200. The financial pressures of the estate forced the family to put it on the market in 2010.

Keep straight ahead down a short slope and then follow the track as it swings right with open fields to the left and the fenced grounds of the hall on the right. Pass through a gateway alongside a cattle grid, with a pair of cottages called New Houses to the left.

New Houses to Rhosesmor Road
New Houses to Rhosesmor Road

Start point: 53.1892 lat, -3.1597 long
End point: 53.2011 lat, -3.1461 long

Go straight ahead on the track heading into woodland, with a large pond to the left. Beyond the pond turn right at the fork and pass through a kissing gate to continue on this smaller track. The next kissing gate leads you onto a grassy path through a section of woodland with an immaculate stone wall on the right.

Follow this wide path heading steadily downhill, leaving behind the stone wall which swings away to the right. Beyond the woodland, pass through the gate ahead (or use the stile alongside) to continue in the same direction along the right-hand edge of a large hillside field. Take time here to enjoy the views which spread over 180 degrees.

In the bottom right hand corner of this field, turn right through two gates and keep straight ahead on the stone track passing Quarry Farm to the right. Follow the main track winding fairly steeply downhill, ignoring any smaller footpaths into the forest. At the bottom of the hill the track swings right and then strikes out along a level straight section. The track will lead you out to a T-junction with Rhosesmor Road.

Rhosesmor Road to Soughton
Rhosesmor Road to Soughton

Start point: 53.2011 lat, -3.1461 long
End point: 53.191 lat, -3.1302 long

Turn left along this lane with Black Brook running once again down to the right. As the road swings hard left, turn right onto a footpath signed to Soughton. The path is part of Wat’s Dyke Way.

Wat's Dyke is a 40 mile long earthwork running through the northern Welsh Marches from Basingwerk Abbey on the River Dee estuary, passing to the east of Oswestry and onto Maesbury in Shropshire. The date of the construction of the dyke is much disputed, but a likely context for construction is around 820AD, when the Mercian King, Coenwulf, was fighting against a resurgent Welsh threat.

Cross the footbridge and stile and follow the grass path ahead staying close to the fence on the right. As the grassy bank on the left gives way, keep ahead along the right-hand edge of this field, with a number of electrically fenced horse paddocks to the left and the stables to the right.

Continue on this rough path as it climbs fairly steeply to reach a stile into a sheep pasture. Cross this stile, and keep ahead on the path between the grass banks. Two further stiles lead you through a small enclosure containing a lake and out into a wide tree-lined grass track. Pass a couple of properties on the right, after which a final stile takes you back out to Rhosesmor Road.

Turn left along the lane and follow it to the end, taking care of any traffic. At the T-junction with the main road, cross over with care and turn right along the pavement. Take the first road turning on the left, signed to Soughton Hall and Alltami. After passing a cottage on the left and the fenced woodland, Coed Andrew, on the right, turn right through a kissing gate to join a fenced path. The path dog-legs right and then left through a kissing gate and continues to emerge out to a residential road within Soughton.

Soughton to End
Soughton to End

Start point: 53.191 lat, -3.1302 long
End point: 53.1784 lat, -3.1384 long

Keep straight ahead down to the crossroads, and keep ahead again down the road named Wat’s Dyke Way. Just before the end of the road, turn right into FFordd Las and then turn right again into Maes Gwalia. Continue to the end of this no through road where you’ll find a footpath signed off to the right. As you emerge to the next road, cross over and turn left and, after passing just six houses, turn right down the next signed footpath.

This path leads you to the next residential road. Follow this ahead and then steadily swinging left. At the T-junction cross over and turn right for a few paces, then take the first left, Manor Park. At the end of this road join the tarmac fenced footpath ahead. Continue until you reach a stile on the left and cross over this into a rough pasture. (This wasn’t holding any animals when we passed through but there was evidence that horses had been present recently!).

Keep straight ahead across this rough pasture on the obvious path. In the bottom left-hand corner you’ll come to a stile which leads you out to the main road. Turn left for a few paces and then cross over with care to turn right into Raikes Lane. At the T-junction turn left and follow this hedge-lined tarmac lane. There are no pavements on this stretch so take care of any traffic. After some distance you will pass Mold’s theatre on the left and, as the road widens out, you’ll come to Glasfryn on the right for some well-earned hospitality.

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1 responses to "Glasfryn and Gwysaney"

A beautiful walk through gorgeous scenery. Fantastic views from the top, lovely historic buildings, easy access and parking and a great pub to finish. What more do you want!

By Lyndslee on 2015-05-30 09:22:05

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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