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Afon-wen to Basingwerk

From Afon-wen the Pilgrim Way goes along minor roads past Babell to Holywell.

For an off-road alternative, when the road bends to the left and goes uphill, take the waymarked footpath to your right. Walk along the bottom of the field. Keeping on the same line, cross the next field and walk along the hedge to a green lane. This will take you to the metalled road near the Ddol-uchaf nature reserve. Walk straight on past the old mill, over the bridge and on along a very minor road to Ysceifiog.

Ysceifiog has a pub and a pretty Victorian church with the stump of its medieval cross and the effigy of a medieval priest in the porch. At the road junction in the middle of the village, go straight on along the waymarked bridle path. This runs along the edge of the fields and crosses the lane to Pant-gwyn farm.

When you reach the next lane (at OS SJ 162 722) take the bridle path ahead of you but turn immediately left over a stone stile, bear right across the field and follow the line of waymarked stone stiles. At the third stile (SJ 165 727) the footpath divides: bear slightly left to the furthest part of the field (SJ 166 729) and continue on the same line. When you reach the farm yard at SJ 167 733, there is a stile to the left of the sheep pens and gate.

Go straight across the road and continue along the footpath with the hedge to your right until you reach the trees by the ruins of Calcot Hall. Here a footpath goes straight on but it involves a scramble and walking through the farmyard at Ty-coch. 



Probably better to turn right on a rutted track then take the bridleway to the left. Past Ty-coch this becomes a metalled lane. All around you is the disturbed ground of early lead mining. Bear left on a footpath in front of some houses then turn right on the minor road towards the golf course. Cross the road ahead of you and take the stony track through the golf course and across the footbridge over the A55 dual carriageway.

The lane to Holywell goes to the right but it’s worth walking over Penyball Top. According to one version of the story, this is where St Winifred was beheaded by a disappointed suitor. The monument on the top commemorates the marriage, coronation and silver jubilee of George V; it also has an excellent view, from the Clwydian Range to the Dee estuary.

Walk down Pen-y-ball Top Hill, turn right onto the main road, and take the first left down to Holywell. Go through the shopping centre and down to cross the main road, then down Well Street and Greenfield Street to St Winifred’s Well.

About 100 yards down the road from the well, turn right between two old factories. Walk across the yard and up to the left to join the line of the old railway down to Basingwerk.


Afon-wen to Basingwerk

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