So a trip to the lovely Loggerheads Country Park in the Clwydian Range in North Wales, trialling our first trip out with a car-sick puppy. Luckily the winding Welsh roads didn’t seem to bother her too much and she was too busy rolling wet fur and mud into the boot on the way home to worry about vomiting up the River Alyn…
Loggerheads is one of our favourite local places to visit and it’s lovely to visit at all times of the year. There is a half-mile accessible route you can walk through cool woodland which takes you alongside the river, over a lovely bridge (not needed as the river had completely dried up at this point!) and back towards the visitor centre, spotting the wooden carved animals along the way.
This path follows the route of the old water course built to carry water for the mining operations, and brings you back past the water mill.
You have to be really careful with small people or naughty pups on the return route as there is quite a sharp drop on the left of the path for part of the route, and no fence.
We have walked this route using the Maclaren Major, and it’s fine in dry weather. It can be pretty challenging and muddy for wheels in the winter, and you might need carrier bags for your wheels!
(There are longer and more challenging walks, and a fairly steep but short incline up through the woods will bring you out to some fabulous views at the top of the cliffs. There are lots of steps on the route back down. You can also take part in activities such as abseiling at Devil’s Gorge).
There are disabled parking spaces opposite the entrance walkway to the visitor centre, but it’s not clear from the ticket machine whether blue badge holders have to pay. I will double check next time as we had forgotten about a ticket until we were driving out (too busy wrestling the pup out of the car when we arrived…..). Most councils around here seem to offer free parking for blue badge holders.
The visitor centre/shop and Caffi Florence are very accessible, and there are disabled toilet facilities. The nearest Changing Places facility is at the RDA Centre in Llanfynydd (LL11 5HN).
Loggerheads has a large, flat grassed area opposite the visitor centre where you can eat your picnic, relax or play football.
There is an outdoor window serving local ice-cream, but don’t forget about Gelateria Domingo the Llama which is just up the road if you fancy a 2 stop day out! Don’t make my mistake and be persuaded into buying a soft chocolate brownie in 25 degree heat, then leave the wet wipes in the car…
The pre-brownie face.
The ideal way to finish your trip on a hot day is to have a paddle in a safe and shallow spot. The river has dried out the further it flows down through Loggerheads, so we couldn’t go to the wider shallow area. Rosie pup was the only one brave enough to have a (loud) swim.
Loggerheads Country Park is a lovely trip out, has free entry and has ticked the accessibility and dog-friendly boxes. Go and enjoy a wander round the short route or challenge yourself up to the cliffs or for a spot of abseiling. There are themed activities during the year such as at Christmas and New Year.
Let me know below in the comments box or on FB/Twitter/Instagram if you have been to Loggerheads, or if it is one of your favourites – add some pics! Feel free to ask questions if you are planning a visit x