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Spring Equinox Walk (Chirk Castle)

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

£5 – £20
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The Spring Equinox is a special moment in nature’s calendar. It is one of only two times of the year that day and night are of equal length. Join Lea and James for a 2hr guided walk through the beautiful woodland and parkland of the National Trust’s Chirk Castle estate, starting and ending at our campfire circle under the trees. We will be looking at the emerging woodland and hedgerow plants, using field guides to identify unfamiliar species and searching for tracks and signs of wild animals.

Lea and James will also share their knowledge of fresh spring plants that can be picked and eaten for a tasty snack, added to a salad, or made into a soothing tea to help cleanse and detoxify the body. So, be sure to bring your foraging basket 🙂

Along the way we will make time for a Sit Spot in the woods for a chance to identify bird language and take closer notice of the changes happening in the woods around us. At the end of the walk we will share some hedgerow teas around the campfire together, enjoying community and celebrating this special time in the countryside year. So, take some quality time out for yourself and join us on this Spring Equinox Walk, a perfect way to welcome and celebrate the return of spring.

This guided walk is open to all ages. An adult ticket costs £20, accompanied children aged 5-16 pay just £5 each and accompanied children under 5 come free.

We are running two guided walks on this date, you choose which walk you’d like to attend. The morning session is 10am – 12pm, the afternoon session is  1pm – 3pm. Tickets for either walk are available at the bottom of this page.

The walk is unsuitable for prams. If you have any mobility issues please get in touch with us before making a booking so we can discuss whether this event would be suitable for you.

spring equinox guided walk in north wales

The Return of Spring

“The Spring Equinox is traditionally known as the first day of Spring. Day and night become equal in both the northern and southern hemispheres. This point of balance in the Earth’s yearly cycle holds many gifts for us to contemplate while walking the land.” Glennie Kindred, author of Letting in the Wild Edges.

After the long dark of winter there is a change in the air and for many people it is their favourite time of year. We feel hope for the warmth and return of the light and sunshine. New growth is sprouting everywhere, birds are thickening their nests, wood anemones carpet the woodland floor, lesser celandine and daffodils bring that burst of yellow to brighten your day.

“Nature gives rise to all of life on the planet, including our own, and connecting with the natural world is an integral part of our happiness and well-being.” Claire Thompson, author of Mindfulness and the Natural World

 

About the Leaders

bushcraft skills in north walesJames Kendall is Bushcraft Instructor, Social Forester and Forest School Leader. He has been working in woodlands for over 10 years now. He recently received the Bushcraft Competency Certifiate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of study. He was also the Project Manager for Long Wood Community Woodland, the largest community owned woodland in Wales, overseeing management of 300 acres (120ha) of broadleaf and conifer forest. He is a former Director of Llais y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales.

lea kendall - counsellor and life coach

Lea Kendall is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Life Coach. Lea is also a qualified Mindfulness in the Woods practitioner. As an Integrative Counsellor Lea takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. She takes a holistic view of each individual, taking into account their emotional and mental well-being as well as their physical health.

“I am a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. My training as an Counsellor worked toward my long-term goal to incorporate nature therapy into my services. I am passionate about finding ways to increase the self-esteem of people and encouraging motivation through positive experience, shared enthusiasm and a nurturing environment.”

About the Venue

Chirk Castle has over 480 acres of estate parkland for you to explore, with wild ponies, sheep, veteran trees, and a beautifully preserved section of Offa’s Dyke. The estate is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for rare invertebrates, bats, fungi, and wild flowers.

Chirk Castle is 7 miles south of Wrexham, easily accessible off the A5, close to the tourist destination of Llangollen.

The award-winning gardens at Chirk cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose, shrub and rock gardens, and the wooded pleasure ground – perfect for a stroll, with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

outdoor activities at chirk castle

Venue Facilities

After you walk perhaps you could take advantage of the many things Chirk Castle has to offer…

♦ Over 700 years of history, including the imposing medieval castle

♦ The Courtyard tea-room serves a seasonal menu, cream teas, homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks and snacks

♦ The gift shop has a variety of food, garden and locally-sourced gift ideas

♦ Dogs welcome on the estate on a lead, assistance dogs only please in the formal gardens

Seperate charges apply to non-members for entry to the castle and gardens. You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.

 

Get in touch if you have any questions. Phone Lea, 07876 794098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available just below on this page.

YOU CAN READ OUR EVENT TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE.

Organiser

Woodland Classroom
Phone:
07876 794098
Website:
www.woodlandclassroom.com

Venue

Chirk Castle
Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF
Wrexham, Wrexham LL14 5AF United Kingdom
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Phone:
01691 777701
Website:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle

Tickets

16 available
1 Adult: Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle 20/03/19 -morning session.£20.00Admits 1 Adult (16 years +) to Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle on Wed 20th March. 10am - 12pm. Morning session.
10 available
1 Child: Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle 20/03/19 - morning session£5.00Admits 1 Child (5-16 years) to Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle on Wed 20th March. 10am - 12pm. Morning session.
18 available
1 Adult: Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle 20/03/19 - afternoon session£20.00Admits 1 Adult (16 years +) to Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle on Wed 20th March. 1pm - 3pm. Afternoon session.
10 available
1 Child: Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle 20/03/19 - afternoon session£5.00Admits 1 Child (5 -16 years) to Spring Equinox Walk @ Chirk Castle on Wed 20th March. 1pm - 3pm. Afternoon session.