Brookhouse - Ystrad - Denbigh Castle - Brookhouse

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AUGUST 2011. WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT DENBIGH CASTLE IS CLOSED UNTIL DECEMBER 2012.

The walk begins at the former 17th Century mill in the hamlet of Brookhouse. The mill is now a restaurant of good repute and is a welcome point of refreshment on your return form this circular walk. Setting out on level ground, passing by the old mill-workers' cottages and past the salmon troughs of Brookhouse River. The walk follows the source of the river for some half a mile, then takes a gentle climb through the grassy meadows, with spectacular views of the Clwydian Hills.

A short, steep climb through the old woodland terminates at the high vantage point of the castle ruins. It may be worth taking a break at this point to explore the castle grounds, which are open to the public during the summer season. There is also a small museum where the history of the 13th Century castle can be discovered. It's also worth asking the custodian if you may borrow the key to explore the town walls if you are interested (allegedly frequented by a spectre of a grey lady). The views from here demand you are armed with your camera and leave little wonder as to why the site was selected for the fortress!

Leaving the castle, an initially steep descent gives way to a gentle stroll past the impressive Howells School for Girls and across the lower side of Denbigh to Brookhouse.

Wales - North Wales - Denbighshire - Clwydian Hills

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mountains, Museum, Nature Trail, Pub, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
27/08/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Mrs S.L.Williams for her update for this walk. August 2011. Adrian (Admin)

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