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Holywell and Greenfield Valley Heritage Park

A leisurely walk (woodland) in Flintshire, Wales, about 2.90km (1.80 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 0:45h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 0m (0ft)
Loss 106m (347ft)
Max. Elevation 120m (393ft)
Elevation (total) 106m (347ft)
Start & End
Holywell
Distance 2.90km
(1.8mi)
Duration ~0:45h
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Ordnance Survey Map
1Created by driver 16 on 29 Mar 2012
Similar to, but slightly different from walk No. 1 in Pathfinder Guide No. 32 North Wales, Snowdon and Offa's Dyke, remains of former industries of the Greenfield Valley incorporated into a fascinating walk, either end of the park, St. Winefride's Well, the "Lourdes of Wales"  (hence town name of Holy Well), medieval ruins of Basingwerk Abbey and pleasant woodland, plenty of scope for picnics. 

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Waypoints

OS Grid SJ183759
On alighting from bus, turn left, turn left around back of bus, cross road to see sign for St. Winefride's Well, cross road and take Well Road to waypoint 2.
OS Grid SJ185762
St. Winefride's Well, the "Lourdes of Wales" is at rear, enter through visitor centre, which gives extensive history of its development, there is also a cafe and art centre next door and a pub over the road, on leaving, turn right down hill to find Royal Oak on right, waypoint 3.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SJ187766
At entrance to pub's car park take the hand-railed path on the left, dropping to walk a grassy path on the left beside Battery Pool on your right, at the end of the pool turn right to cross the dam, on the left see the remains of Greenfield Mill, established in 1776 to shape pots and pans from brass sheets, here the book is wrong as there are ongoing works to the path on the left, instead, go to the right of the chimney, climb steps/path to meet wide path at top, waypoint 4.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SJ190767
Turn left, follow to next pond, Meadow Mill Pool,ahead past ruins of Meadow Mill, which once produced rolled copper sheets, to waypoint 5.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SJ191770
Take path on right hand side of pool, joining a tarmac path, pass above Lower Cotton Mill to a new garden, waypoint 6.
About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SJ193773
Site of the old Abbey Wire Mill, used to make copper and brass wire, see old water wheel in garden, turn right along a track passing between the site of the Parys Copper Works, established in 1787, on the left and Abbey Farm Museum on the right to see the ruins of Basingwerk Abbey, waypoint 7.
About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid SJ195774
The mainly 13th. century abbey was founded in 1132 and dissolved by Henry 8th. in 1536, little remains of the church, but, substantial remains of the cloisters and domestic buildings can be seen, turn left at end of wall to waypoint 8.
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from
OS Grid SJ197774
Down path, through car park, to A548, turn left away from bridge, follow road to see Packet Pub, bus stops on both sides of road for buses in direction of both Chester and Llandudno, end of walk waypoint 9.
About 0.14 km (~0.09 miles) from
OS Grid SJ195777
End of walk, hope you enjoyed.
About 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from

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