County Voice

Winter 2017

Leete Access Improvements

It has been a busy few months at Loggerheads Country Park working on a project to improve the Leete Path to Devil's Gorge.

The Leete Path is of important local historical significance as it follows the line of the channel of water which was taken from the River Alyn at Loggerheads and carried all the way to Rhydymwyn to operate waterwheels within the lead mining areas. On the ground it is possible to see the trough that carried the water in this porous limestone area. We know that this area was such an important part of the lead mining industry and had a huge impact on the local area in terms of industry and employment opportunities within the community.

The Leete Path project is part of a wider programme of work along the Alyn Valley that includes access improvements to Devil's Gorge, woodland management, limestone grassland improvements and the restoration of other archaeological features within Loggerheads Country Park.  The Leete Path is probably one of the most popular paths in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and, with help from Natural Resources Wales, we have been able to invest in some of the features that make it so special.

As well as the above, the project has also focussed on making the route much more accessible for everyone to enjoy. For example, we have resurfaced many areas of the path including widening part of the route by adding revetments to make it more accessible for visitors using prams and wheelchairs as many had previously found it difficult. Furthermore, we have also replaced one of the gates to provide easier access. Therefore we hope that this will enable the public to connect further with their local history whilst enjoying the natural environment that surrounds it.

Leethe Path Collage


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