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More about Plas Power Woods

This ancient woodland stretching along the Clywedog Valley is one of the Trust’s most popular Welsh sites. It’s home to some wonderful wildlife and its diversity of plant species make it a botanist’s paradise. What’s more, it’s packed with historical interest and contains one of the most impressive sections of Offa's Dyke.

Wander among Plas Power’s oak, sycamore, ash and wild cherry early in the year and you’ll find the woodland floor dotted with snowdrops, giving way to swathes of vibrant bluebells in April. In the following months, a host of colourful butterflies, such as the red admiral, painted lady and peacock, bask in the sunny glades. And in autumn, the many broadleaf species produce a splendid riot of colour, and all sorts of weird and wonderfully-named fungi erupt – there’s the amethyst deceiver, the horn of plenty and the shaggy inkcap, to mention but a few.

The woodland is home to many birds and animals. Tiny wrens, robins and goldfinches flit through the branches, while kestrels hover over the more open areas. Foxes, stoats and polecats roam the woods and bats dart over the river as the sun begins to set.

If history’s your thing, you can follow the Offa’s Dyke waymarked family trail and look out for the wooden sculpture of King Offa carved into a tree trunk, or watch the river cascade over the mid-18th century weir and admire the intricate ironwork of the 19th century bridge – both remnants of the wood’s time as part of the grand Plas Power Estate.

With its varied flora and fauna, choice of easy and more adventurous walks extending into the surrounding area, and the Nant Mill Visitor Centre with its amenities close by, Plas Power Woods is the perfect destination for a family day out.

There are just two short sections of public footpath through Plas Power Woods, but there are many other routes through the wood, including part of the Clywedog Trail (PDF, 0.8MB), and a path where horse-riding and cycling are permitted. Part of Offa's Dyke also runs through the woods.

Download our Plas Power app to bring your visit to life

When planning a visit, we suggest you download our augmented reality app and turn your phone into a window to the past with moving, talking characters superimposed on the real-life background. Follow the waymarked trail through the wood and use the app to activate five markers, triggering a conversation between a life-size woodsman of old and a modern-day forester. Their conversation bridges time, touching on woodland management techniques past and present and revealing the ancient features that make Plas Power so special.

Videos of Plas Power Woods

As part of the HLF funded visitor improvement project, students at Glyndwr University have created videos featuring Plas Power Woods and recent developments on site.

This video features an interview with the Woodland Trust's Rebecca Good, Plas Power Woods' site manager, in which she discusses the newly constructed maze at Plas Power Woods, giving children the chance to really get involved with nature. Created by third year Glyndwr student volunteers with HLF funding, the video was filmed by Minimal Media.

Let’s Go Outside is a creative video showing children exploring the wood and using their imagination. Created by third year Glyndwr student volunteers with HLF funding, the video was filmed by Minimal Media and produced by Rob Roper.

Find more at the Plas Power woods website

Setting

The combined sites of Plas Power Wood and Nant Mill Wood, totalling 42.3ha (104.6 acres), lie in the Clywedog valley between Bersham and Coedpoeth, 2.5km (1.6 miles) west of Wrexham.

Nant Mill Wood is adjacent to Nant Mill Visitor Centre, run by Wrexham County Borough Council. Plas Power Wood extends downstream from the Visitor Centre.

OS 1:50,000 Sheet No. 117; OS Explorer 256
Grid reference: SJ294497

Lantern event at Plas Power Woods (Photo: WTML / Rebecca Good)

Access and walks

Nant Mill Wood can be accessed from the Nant Mill Visitor Centre car park. Either cross the footbridge and walk up the lane to an entrance which has a squeeze stile, or follow the surfaced path from the visitor centre grounds to a footbridge across the river with a flight of stone steps.

There is a squeeze stile at the eastern end of the Clywedog Trail. Two other access points along the southern boundary have stiles and lead into the wider public footpath network. Paths can be slippery, and the Clywedog Trail has three footbridges and two flights of steps along its length.

Offa’s Dyke family trail (1.5km/0.9 miles)
Look out for the sculpture of King Offa and the special waymark disks designed by local children. The walk takes you through an area once known as the Black Wood, which is now open, light and wildlife-friendly.

Seasonal loop (2km/1.2 miles)
This walk takes you over the stepping stones by the weir, if the water level allows, and through the sections of the wood with the best seasonal colour.

Clywedog Valley Trail (9km/5.6 miles)
The Clywedog Valley Trail passes through Plas Power Woods as it follows the river Clywedog from Minera Lead Mines to King’s Mill. The section in Plas Power Woods is surfaced but can be slippery in places when wet. The trail has three footbridges and two flights of steps along its length within Nant Mill Wood.

For further information on the Clywedog Valley Trail visit the Wrexham Council website.

(Photo: WTML)

Nearest amenities

The Nant Mill Visitor Centre (01978 752772), adjacent to the wood, is open daily from Easter to September, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Public conveniences
Toilets at the Nant Mill Visitor Centre are available during its opening times. There is a separate disabled toilet which opens with a RADAR key. There are also toilets, with disabled facilities, in the High Street car park at Coedpoeth. For other locations, visit Wrexham Council.

Refreshments
Nant Mill Visitor Centre has a picnic area, and shop selling refreshments during its seasonal opening hours.

Accommodation and tourist information
Information on accommodation, maps and trail guides can be obtained from the Nant Mill Visitor Centre during the summer season. The Wrexham Tourist Information Centre is in Lambpit Street, Wrexham LL11 1AR (01978 292015), email tic@wrexham.gov.uk.

Directions

By car
From Wrexham, head west on the A525. Turn left onto Rhos Berse Road, where you will find the Nant Mill Visitor Centre and car park, with parking for approximately 30 cars. There are places to lock a small number of bikes although there is no dedicated bike rack. The centre is also on a horse riding route and tether points for two horses have recently been installed.

By train
The nearest train stations are Wrexham Central (5.5km/3.4 miles) and Wrexham General (5.1km/3.2 miles).

By bus
Buses 9, 10 and 11 run from Wrexham along the A525. Buses stop on Coedpoeth High Street, around 1km/0.6 miles from the wood. Follow the brown signs to Nant Mill Visitor Centre. For details of times visit Traveline.

There is also a bus stop outside the Bersham Heritage Centre around 0.7 km/0.4 miles from the eastern end of the site (the opposite end to the Nant Mill Visitor Centre). Walk west under the bypass and along the lane past Bersham Ironworks and Plas Power Chapel (there are no pavements). Opposite the chapel is a kissing gate entrance to the Clywedog Trail. Follow this path over a stepped sluice to the Plas Power entrance.

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.