"Travel through time"
Overview of Buckley Heritage Trail
Not to be mistaken for the ever-popular Buckley Town trail located within the settlement itself, Buckley’s scenic heritage track is a nature-based walk showcasing the town’s fascinating industrial past, the beautiful Welsh countryside and everything it has to offer.
This captivating trail unveils the many secrets of Buckley’s successful pottery and brickmaking industries, providing all the adventurers and history buffs out there with a small glimpse into the district’s significant yore.
This blissful circular route stretches for over 4.5 km and can be completed within 2 hours at a comfortable pace, perfect for those of you looking for a leisurely stroll with scenic views that extend for miles.
With free parking at Etna Country Park off Globe Way, this trail is an inexpensive day out, ideal for spending quality time with friends and family. In addition to this, why not release the hounds and treat your canine to an unforgettable walk along winding country tracks, through other-worldly forestry and over small hills, taking in the fresh Welsh air and striking scenery.
Your adventure will begin at Globe Pool; a well-known attraction amongst nearby residents, famed for its breath-taking natural beauty and vast selection of fish that can be spotted lurking amidst the glacial water.
As you continue with your journey, you can find various sculptures dotted sporadically along the route, hidden away in plain sight, the first one being delicately placed next to the harmonious Global Pool. These fascinating little finds were made by Teena Gould, a talented land artist and sculpture who, with help from the Buckley community, crafted 10 visual art pieces in 1999. Although the sculptures still stand to this day and can be spotted along your tour, over the years they have been deformed and defaced due to weathering.
Six facts about Buckley Heritage Trail
- In 2011 a commemorative heritage trail mural was mounted and displayed at Buckley’s Town Council Offices. This stunning shrine celebrates the towns impressive past, present and future including depictions of historic sites, well-known monuments and the local wildlife.
- The fifth Buckley heritage trail sculpture found off the beaten track was made in collaboration with Mynydd Isa Junior School.
- The fourth sculpture to be displayed on the Heritage Trail was once again made in cooperation with a local primary school, Mountain Lane Junior School.
- Back Lane was thought to have been an ancient pathway, utilised by romans to transport goods from one place another.
- From certain parts of the trail, specifically, Etna Park, you can sit and rest whilst looking out across the Welsh valleys and open water to the Wirral, Chester and beyond.
- The Great Crested Newt, also known as a Triturus Cristatus, is a protected species. Living up to 15 years, these remarkable critters are only found in certain parts of the world, one notable mention being Buckley's very own Siltation Lagoon.
Find out more about Buckley Heritage Trail
With multiple signposts and markers guiding you along Buckley’s Heritage Trail, navigating your way to the next landmark should be an easy, stress-free procedure.
When meandering along Back Lane, the once lively trade route between England and Wales turned peaceful walkway, you will find yourself arriving at a small kissing gate. Once through, you have reached your next desired destination, the spirited Standard Pools, formerly known as the Siltation Lagoons. This Amphibian and reptile conservation area is home to varying wildlife hidden away in plain sight, including the protected great crested newt. If you are lucky, you can also spot numerous other critters and life forms camouflaged within their surroundings, including but not limited to; the smooth newt, palmate newt, common frog and common toad.
Once you have finished uncovering the assorted mysteries residing within Buckley’s very own Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), you can carry on with the rest of your time-travelling tour.
After passing through a second kissing gate at the end of Standard Pools, wander and lose yourself on a gentle stroll down lanes and tarmac roads whilst heading towards your third site of interest. Whilst taking this course, before you reach Drury Lane, keep an eye out for the Drury Clay Hole. Although today, this once pivotal plot is now a valuable strip of greenery, it was once a sought-after clay hole and brickworks, crucial to the growth and incline of Buckley’s preceding industry.
As you continue along your journey past vast open fields, industrial estates and former railways, you will find yourself at Lane End Brickworks near the 7th monument designed and crafted by Teena Gould and the Buckley community. This now nature reserve (Heathlands Nature Reserve) was once again another brickworks and clay hole in it’s former life. Unknow to most, both coal and clay were extensively mined around these specific locales and general area. Bricks crafted from the weak clay sourced at Buckley travelled across the United Kingdom and even found themselves being utilised in distant lands including the United States.
Although the brick industry in Buckley dwindled towards the late 1900s, you can still identify the remains of the sites former glory and relive its monumental past first hand, especially when visiting your next stop at Mount Pools. Overrun by fauna and flora, these water-filled pits were once fireclay trenches used for the supply of raw material for the adjacent brickwork sites.
With so much history and life to uncover, start your new adventure today and visit Buckley’s Heritage Trail.
To find out more, visit the Buckley Town and Heritage Trail guide here.
You will find Buckley situated in the east of Flintshire only 6 miles from the English border. With the towns location resting on a high point of hills which extends between the valley of the River Alyn and the narrow plain beside the Dee Estuary, the spectacular Clwydian Range can be seen to the West too.
More Places of Interest
Flint is one of many historic towns based in Flintshire, North Wales. With beauty and culture around every corner and a fantastic Castle overlooking the River Dee Foreshore with wildlife and greenery in abundance, this town is a fascinating little find and a great way to fill your holiday with family fun and memories that last a lifetime.
Hawarden is a breathtaking village, home to two of seven well-know castles located in Flintshire. This hidden treasure is an escape from reality, allowing you to spend quality time with your friends and family making memories that last a lifetime.
Bailey Hill, now known as Mold Castle, is a monumental site located in the town of Mold, Flintshire. With an interesting history, this Park is under reconstruction to embrace its past and make it more accessible to visitors. With stunning views, nature and winding paths, it’s a great distraction after a shopping trip.