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…
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.
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!
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?