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Clywedog Valley tourist guide

Taking a trip out of Wrexham, a visit to the Clywedog Valley, with its events, activities and attractions, is a must. A good starting point from which to familiarise yourself with the area is the Bersham Heritage Centre, which has become the central point for visitors to the area. As well as fascinating static exhibitions highlighting the area's industrial heritage, there is a full programme of events held there throughout the year. The Bersham Ironworks is a true testament to the industry of the area, and fascinatingly, during the 18th Century, cannons for the American War of Independence were manufactured there as well as cylinders for James Watt's steam engines.

The clearly marked Clywedog Trail can provide a great day's walking for the more active hiker. Those wanting to take a picnic or to perhaps take their four-legged (or four-wheeled) friend along will find equal enjoyment from the shorter circular walks and picnic spots scattered throughout the Trail. There are also cycle tracks at both Minera Country Park and at Erddig Country Park, the latter of which sees the wonderful Erddig Hall, with its extravagant origins dating right back to 1684 and now protected by the National Trust, which together with its fantastic gardens, ably demonstrates how the other classes lived.

The Nant Mill Visitor Centre, with its environmental exhibitions held throughout the year, is based in the centre of the Clywedog Valley, providing wonderful days out with riverside strolls and picnics bringing the visitor ever closer to nature.

The Minera Lead Mines and Country Park and Ty Mawr Country Park with its collection of animals offer a great day out for all the family. Visitors can roll their sleeves and/or trousers up and try lead-panning for themselves. Also in the area are the remains of the 13th Century Valley Crucis Abbey, former home to some altogether austere monks in times past. Five miles outside Wrexham is Caergwrle Castle with its wonderfully spectacular views over the area.

Finally, you may care to spend a day at the races - Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, near Wrexham, offers a warm welcome to all. This picturesque all year-round course is extremely family-orientated, offering free entry to those under-sixteen and plenty to see, do, eat and drink, as well as the opportunity for adults to have a flutter!

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