|Striding Into The Distance|
|View Across Chirk Castle|
|Welcome to Shropshire|
The walk along the valley floor was most enjoyable as we flitted between fields alongside the river. We had imperceptibly crossed back into Wales too as we crossed over the river. Just after crossing the river via a beautiful old masonry bridge we had the most beautiful sight of Telford’s Chirk Aqueduct and the later railway viaduct just in front. Interestingly as we were to discover the two transport links swap sides a little to the north of here as the canal enters a lengthy tunnel and the railway makes progress through a cutting. The height difference between the two allowed them to cross over each other. Must be a bit confusing for the unsuspecting canal cruiser!
We walked past the two bridges and crossed the main road adjacent to Chirk Bridge just beyond. This was a little scary but we did manage it eventually after a procession of cars went by. On the other side was an old mill. The path by-passed it and the old place was clearly not in use as a mill any more but some of the engineering features including the earthworks for the mill race were still very much in evidence. Our route took us briefly along the 'towpath' of the mill race before climbing up into Chirk itself. The small town of Chirk looks like a most agreeable place with several shops and places to eat & drink. Unlike other villages it has managed to retain a certain charm without becoming twee. With a railway station nearby and a lack of obvious tourism I imagine that it would make a really nice place to live.
From the centre of town it was a short walk back along the road towards the railway station. The road was a good advert for the place being populated by some very nice looking houses that are obviously well cared for judging by the beautifully kept gardens. This was a hugely enjoyable walk with plenty of history and great scenery along the way. Having increased the mileage from the previous walk the children did not seem to notice and in fact were already talking about a longer walk next time!
|Chirk Viaduct/ Aqueduct|