Ewloe Castle and Wepre Woods

This walk takes you through Wepre Woods via Ewloe Castle, and is generally fairly flat. It's worth reading up on the castle before you embark on your trip as it is quite interesting from a historical perspective. Naturally the walk is polished off with a pint.

Details:

Start: SJ286672

Length: 3.0 miles

Duration: 1.0 hours

Grade: Easy

Waypoint 1. Grid reference SJ286672

Waypoint 1 photo

Your stroll starts in the lay-by on the B5125 where you can park - or if this is full there's another one opposite, just next to the kennels. Towards the western end of the lay-by, you should find a gate to walk through into the adjacent field.

Waypoint 2. Grid reference SJ287673

Waypoint 2 photo

Walk across the field - avoiding the 'local produce' from the cows - keeping to the hedge at first then bearing right slightly to follow the path over to the edge of Wepre Woods. Here you will find another gate along with some information about the woods and Ewloe Castle. As soon as you go through the gate you should see the remains of the 750 year old castle, which you can see in more detail by walking around it bearing to the right and then down the steps. If you're a believer, keep an eye out for the ghost of a Nun - referred to by locals as Nora - who is said to inhabit the well in the centre of the castle ruins.

Waypoint 3. Grid reference SJ288676

Waypoint 3 photo

After you have explored the castle look for the wooden steps on the north-west side, which lead down towards the Wepre brook where your walk continues. Follow the path down - taking care as it is slippery in places - until you cross the bridge over the brook, stopping only for a quick game of Poohsticks. You'll see several paths meet, but go straight ahead to follow the brook.

Waypoint 4. Grid reference SJ291678

Waypoint 4 photo

As you continue to follow the path, you will shortly encounter some wonderful-looking sandstone rocks, where you will also be at the highest point away from the brook. Again follow the path down the hill and you'll come a long, straight section of woodland path, at which point your walk will be just over halfway through.

Waypoint 5. Grid reference SJ293681

Waypoint 5 photo

Soon you will notice a deviation from the path down to the same level as the brook, which you can follow if you wish as it leads back to the main path. Many dogs choose this option for a quick stop to lark about in the water, with sticks. This eventually leads to the visitor centre, where your stroll ends. Nearby you will find a small playground where you can relive your childhood memories of the slide and swings, or simply enjoy your weak lemon drink.

Waypoint 6. Grid reference SJ315657

Waypoint 6 photo

To return to your start point you can either retrace your steps, take your chances and pick a random path back through the woods (as long as it isn't getting dark!) or even play a quick round of the 9 holes of Wepre Golf Course. The Fox and Grapes [http://www.foxandgrapes.co.uk/] in the nearby village of Hawarden, about 5-10 minutes drive from the start point of the walk, is one of the better pubs in the area for an obligatory after-walk ale.