The Greenfield Valley and the Dee Estuary

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The walk is in three parts: a gradual ascent of the
Greenfield Valley past Basingwerk Abbey and a series of 17th and 18th Century industrial sites; a higher pastoral section with views over the Dee Estuary and north along the Lancashire coast; and a final flat section along the Dee Estuary itself. Much of the terrain is rough tracks but inevitably there are some muddier sections, although I didn't find it too bad even after a wet summer. There is plenty to look at if you are at all interested in history and its visible remains, although it would take much more time to do this thoroughly.

Wales - North Wales - Flintshire - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
28/04/2018 - Mike Sanders

My wife and I (and our dog) did this on the 22nd April 2018 for the 2nd time and we were enjoying the walk. As we reached the style at WP16 we noticed the field on the other side was full of cows but carried on. As soon as we took the dog onto the field (on his lead) the cows charged us. I managed to get my wife and dog back over the fence and had to throw myself over at the last second. We tried to walk around the field but the cows followed us and charged at every opportunity. We also then noticed a big black muscular bull in the same field so decided not to take any risks. We then tried to find another route to WP 17 but each logical route led to a dead-end and finally had to head down to the main road and rejoin the walk at WP 25. I'm not sure if anyone can offer a better way of missing this field?

12/03/2013 - Robert Hughes

Walked this back in November 2012 and found the Greenfield Valley a revelation. The Cistercian Basingwerk Abbey ruins were also an unexpected bonus. It is worth noting that the path between WM 11 and WM 13 is a bit run down. The section between 11 and 12 was overgrown though not impossible, and the section between 12 and 13 was badly littered. Otherwise a great walk.

01/03/2011 - michael parry

Did this walk on 27/2/11 and found it pretty good. Note that waymark 14 was still very muddy when I did it. Varied walk suitable for most people. Walk alongside Dee estuary especially pleasant.

02/03/2010 - helen truby

Very interesting walk. One of our party has lived in Holywell for nearly 10yrs and still saw places she hadn't come across before. Best done on a clear day to take advantage of views over to the Wirral.

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