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Wat’s Dyke Way

Wat's Dyke is a 40 mile earthwork running through the northern Welsh Marches from Maesbury in Shropshire, passing to the east of Oswestry and on to Basingwerk Abbey on the River Dee estuary in Flintshire. It runs generally parallel to Offa's Dyke, sometimes within a few yards but never more than three miles away.

Nearly ten years in the planning, the 61 mile/99 kilometre Wat’s Dyke Way follows the earthwork as closely as possible and runs through pastoral countryside close to the Welsh border between Llanymynech and Holywell. It is now open, waymarked and a guidebook to the trail has been published.

The trail enters Wrexham southwest of Overton, crossing the River Dee at Overton Bridge. The route then goes cross-country to join the Dyke south of Ruabon. It passes through an area with a rich industrial heritage going back to the industrial revolution and beyond. Directly south of Wrexham is the National Trust property of Erddig Hall. The route then passes through Wrexham town taking in the grave of Elihu Yale, founder of Yale University.

North of Wrexham, the route returns to pastoral countryside going via a deep valley to the Alyn Waters Country Park and on to the twin villages of Hope and Caergwrle in Flintshire.

There are many links with other promoted routes, and there is a separate circular route that explores Ruabon’s Iron Age hill fort.

'The book "Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail" is now available from the Tourist Information Centre.

For more information, please visit the Wat’s Dyke Way website.