Holywell – the Walker’s Gateway to Rural Flintshire
Holywell is a former small industrial town in North East Wales. It takes its name from the well at the shrine of St Winefride. The walks in the programme will reflect the historical and cultural history of the town and surrounding areas.
Holywell is the gateway to some of the best countryside in North East Wales. This includes the 1,800 acre Halkyn and Brynford Common and a network of public footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes linking the town with unspoiled villages in its rural hinterland, most of which until now have remained largely unexplored except by local walkers.
The Holywell & District Walkers are Welcome Committee (www.holywellwalkersarewelcome.org) has published an initial series of leaflets containing details of five walks starting from the town and already has plans to publish more leaflets. These leaflets can be downloaded from:
Basingwerk Abbey, at the northern and lower end of the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is now the starting point of the newly opened 140m /225km-long Pilgrim’s Way that ends at Ynys Enlli (Bardsay Island) at the tip of the Llŷn peninsula. Further details about this long distance trail can be obtained by visiting: www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org
Holywell is also where the 61m/90k-long Wat’s Dyke Way Heritage Trail that starts near Llanymynech in Powys ends. Further details about this walk can be obtained by visiting: www.watsdykeway.org
Sections of both routes starting from Holywell also make interesting walks.
Details about other local walks can also be found on the following websites: