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|The Cross Foxes and River Dee|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 21 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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. (If the pub car park is full, you can adjust the walk to start and finish in Overton village which has its own car park).
|Start to Ansey Park Farm|
Start point: 52.978 lat, -2.9634 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.
|Ansey Park Farm to Dorlan Plantation|
Start point: 52.9878 lat, -2.9521 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).
|Dorlan Plantation to Argoed Lane|
Start point: 52.9825 lat, -2.9258 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.
|Argoed Lane to Sleeper Bridge|
Start point: 52.9764 lat, -2.9272 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).
|Sleeper Bridge to End|
Start point: 52.9702 lat, -2.9425 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
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 30 May 2015|
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.
|By chappie on 23 Oct 2016|
Anna Jackson: We did this walk yesterday after seeing your tweet about it on Saturday. Lovely area/countryside! We found it difficult to park (the Cross Foxes' car park was full as it was Sunday lunchtime) and eventually parked in a layby on Bangor Road just outside Overton. We also noticed later that Overton has a car park/toilets in the village centre that would be ideal, maybe you could add a note about this. Other that that it was a very good walk!
|By Facebook on 15 May 2017|
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