Sightseeing: Visit Chirk.

Chirk is one of those quaint places,  I used to pass on the train, admiring the valleys below and wondering whether I’d ever have the chance to explore it. Little did I know,  3 years later, I’d end up living only up the road.

Life’s funny like that isn’t it?

Getting to Chirk

From Wrexham: 9.5 miles

From Chester: 21.6 miles

From Shrewsbury: 22.9 miles

Arriva Bus from Wrexham will take you to Chirk easily. I’d recommend using the train should you becoming further afield.


Perhaps the most famous structure in Chirk, with views of the Ceiriog Valley, is Chirk Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford for the Llangollen canal. Walk, kayak, SUP or even canal boat over the aqueduct and enjoy the stunning scenery…

Chirk Aqueduct
When the sun catches the water – it’s beautiful!

Chirk Acqueduct

Ceriog Valley
The train tracks are up there…

Kayaking & Canoeing in Chirk

Starting at the Chirk Marina, hire a kayak or canoe from TNR coaching and paddle your way down the Llangollen canal under the 424-meter pitch black tunnel towards Chirk Bank! Be warned there’s no room for passing and a head torch should be worn at all times.

Chirk Aqueduct
The scary (ish) tunnel…

Walking & Cycling in Chirk

Along the scenic canal, there’s a towpath which you can cycle and walk, no rushing here. Meander gently from Chirk Bank, past the narrow boats, the many stone bridges, dark tunnels and train tracks towards Llangollen. My favourite time to walk along here is during the Autumn as the gold, russets and red leaves reflect on to the rippling canal waters. Equally, the summer blue sky reflections are stunning too!

Llangollen Canal
The Chirk to Llangollen walk voted 60th out of ITV 100 Walks.

Chirk Castle

The 13th century Chirk Castle and grounds are a perfect place to spend the afternoon with family, friends or like I’ve done myself, on my lunch break. The grounds are free to enter and they have lovely snowdrop and bluebell woodlands, with magnificent gardens in all seasons. Watch the pheasants hide out in the woodlands, the lambs graze the fields, and if you’re lucky, see the buzzards fly high in the sky. The National Trust property often host seasonal events and my favorite thing to do there is to Segway.


Eat Out in Chirk

A perfect place to picnic in the summer and there are a few picnic benches dotted about along the canal side. Chirk Castle provides lovely cream teas, Caffi Wylfa offers good free WiFi and a range of home cooked foods. I’ve to say my ultimate favourite place to eat in Chirk is at The Boathouse, who cater for alternative diets (like mine) nicely. I love wondering by their edible garden where they grow their own produce, and there’s a range of outdoor activities on site for every age.

Where’s your favourite local place to visit?



8 Comments Add yours

  1. treksandtors says:

    Has to be this place for me,, go at least once a year, usually in the winter and its only 20 minutes in the car to get there.

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    1. It looks lovely. I love the NT – they certainly look after our landscapes!

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  2. What a stunning place, you’re lucky to live so close. I love your photo of the train bridge with the luscious green countryside in the background. I hope you make it through the tunnel one day-I’m sure it’s not too scary really!

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    1. I took it so many times to get ‘balance’ right and I still don’t think I have haha I’d like to go back there with my Nikon. You’re right – and now I have my head torch. I’m so doing it! 🙂

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  3. That is a beautiful looking aqueduct, I have one local to me but it’s not a patch on that one.


    1. It sure is – it’s one of the tourist attractions around here so I suspect it’s in their interest to keep beautiful looking. Thanks for stopping by. Keen to keep updated with your ‘how to shoot section.’ 🙂


  4. Cerys Lowe says:

    We did the canal trip last year. It was lovely – a cheeky glass of red while we made our way. Just lovely.

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    1. Sounds lovely!!! I fantasise about spending Christmas on a boat, moored up here. I may just camp (and get a few weird looks!) x

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